From left to right, HOD of Visual Art Amie Blackwell, and Level 3 Visual Art students Austin Lam, Victoria Wareing and Lillian Renwick.  by Amie Blackwell

The 2019 Windsor Gallery Canterbury Student Art Competition and Exhibition Opening Evening.

On Thursday 5th of September at the exhibition opening event, we celebrated the entry of three of our Level 3 students to the 2019 Canterbury Secondary Schools Art Competition.

This is an initiative established by The Windsor Gallery, which provides selected students with the opportunity to have their work professionally framed and exhibited in the gallery for a duration of two weeks. This is the third year that Windsor Gallery have held this event. The competition attracts the best and brightest of schools from across the region and includes substantial prizes for students who are judged in the top three. The Drawing Room art supplies store and Juhel Framing are major sponsors of this highly-anticipated event. Head of Department of Visual Art; Ms Blackwell proudly attended the opening with Level 3 Visual Art students Austin Lam, Victoria Wareing, and Lillian Renwick who were joined by their friends and their families. 

The work of our students shone and was well received. We were only at the exhibition 5 minutes before someone wanted to buy Lillian’s photograph titled “No entry.” This is part of her folio mahi which explores ideas about gentrification.

Once again the entries were of a very high calibre making the judging a very difficult decision for the judges Blair Jackson, Director of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū and Aaron Kreisler, Head of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury. An important part of the judging process is that the name and school of each of the finalists remain anonymous at the time of judging.

Although we were unsuccessful in winning any of the three major prizes, congratulations to all three of our students for being chosen to represent our school.

The Exhibition runs until the 20th of September and the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

Thank you to Philip and Tracey Wynands and the Team at Windsor Gallery for supporting and creating this fabulous event which celebrates and supports the high calibre of talent of the mahi created by Canterbury Visual Arts students.