The Arts Centre Gold Coast Energies 2017

Energies exhibition gives insight into the creative minds of Gold Coast secondary students

Opening on Friday 27 October, ENERGIES 2017 showcases works of art by more than 80 highly talented senior secondary school students from across the Gold Coast.

Nothing is off limits, as they unapologetically tackle issues relating to body image and selfidentity, sexism, depression and human existence in this annual celebration of artworks by some of the Coast’s best and brightest students.

ENERGIES 2017 is more than just a collection of artworks – it represents a platform for students to showcase their unique techniques and styles, and additionally it encourages them to experiment and incorporate new and exciting forms of media into their work. ENERGIES 2017 highlights a dynamic range of works – from traditional paintings on canvas, to multimedia installations to ceramic sculptures and elaborate textile creations.

The exhibition has provided an invaluable platform for senior secondary school students for over 30 years, and for most students it marks their first opportunity to display work in a public gallery. Gold Coast City Gallery is pleased to have the opportunity to once again host this highly regarded exhibition in partnership with the Senior Visual Arts Educators of the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast City Gallery Director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery was impressed by the high standard of artwork featured this year.

‘Every year ENERGIES provides a valuable opportunity for young artists to present their work to their peers, visitors and the art community. The quality of work annually continues to develop and grow and is testament to the creative energy and skill produced within our local schools. The exhibition provides a fantastic platform for students to develop as artists; many of the alumni from ENERGIES over the last 30 years have gone on to have successful careers in the arts,’ she said.

All exhibition works are selected by the visual arts teachers from each participating school and the exhibition allows state and non-state school students across the Gold Coast region to exhibit their artwork in a non-competitive environment. School details have not been included as the exhibition aims to promote the skill of each artist and the place of visual art in secondary school education.

‘Teachers play a huge role in making this exhibition what it is. They undoubtedly do an incredible job mentoring these students and honing their skills,’ said Ms Cooper-Lavery.

ENERGIES 2017 is a free exhibition on display at Gold Coast City Gallery from 27 October until 12 November 2017.

Programs & Events

Energies 2017 Launch
Date: Friday 27 October
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Venue: Gold Coast City Gallery, Main Gallery
Cost: Free
Join exhibiting students and their teachers for the ENERGIES 2017 opening event.
Celebrate the best of visual art from the Gold Coast’s brightest Senior Visual Arts students.
For most of the students, it’s their first experience of an opening night and opportunity to display their work in a public gallery.

ENERGIES 2017 Student Immersion Day
Date: Friday 27 October
Time: 9am – 3pm
Venue: Gold Coast City Gallery, ArtLab
Open by invitation only to selected participating students.
A full day of intensive making and learning from Rebecca Ross, previous ENERGIES student and now director of The Walls Art Space. Students will soak up her knowledge, skills
and techniques while learning about how she first got her foothold in the Arts Industry.
Proudly supported by The Friends of The Arts Centre Gold Coast