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GOTAFE Visual Arts – ArtEffects 5 Exhibition Grand Opening

GOTAFE Visual Arts and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts students are displaying their works during an exhibition entitled ‘ArtEffects’. The exhibition was launched at an event on Tuesday 10 December, 2019.

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Post date: 11th December 2019

GOTAFE Visual Arts and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts students are displaying their works during an exhibition entitled ‘ArtEffects’. The exhibition was launched at an event on Tuesday 10 December, 2019.

Certificate III in Visual Arts and Certificate II Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts students have created over 50 artworks for the exhibition which include textiles, sculpture, screen printed and hand dyed textiles, jewellery, wooden artefacts, emu eggs, paintings and prints.

The exhibition gives Visual Arts students the opportunity to be trained in how to lead the curatorial, installation and presentation elements of an exhibition, by including their own art works as well as selected pieces from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art program. The event enables students to showcase their art works to their family and community and showcase how they have been able to use art to express their cultural identity.

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"This exhibition is a celebration of how powerful making art can be and how it affects people in a strong and positive way. Attending GOTAFE is allowing these students to explore their cultural identity, and is assisting them in gaining the skills they need to work in the arts."

Travis Heeney, GOTAFE CEO

The students, from the GOTAFE Shepparton Campus, have been involved in a number of projects throughout the year the including the Reflections of Kaiela, Woka, Yedabilla, Danam street art mural unveiled earlier this year, Hoodies of Dreams 3 and Ngardang Girri Kalat Mimini, a statewide collective exhibition of regional Victorian Aboriginal women.

Mr. Heeney says, “The exhibition has a strong foundation in the arts and is focused on our students and their achievements. By holding this exhibition launch we are thrilled for our students to celebrate their accomplishments with their family, friends and the local community. We encourage and welcome everyone to come along and see the exhibition.”

GOTAFE CEO Travis Heeney will officially open the exhibition with the Welcome to Country and performances to be conducted by GOTAFE Students. Georgia Maguire who is the curator and artist of Ngardang Girri Kalat Mimini will be guest speaker.

The public exhibition will run from Tuesday 10 December for one week at GOTAFE’s’ Shepparton Campus, Fryers Street, with a range of student work available for sale. Gallery Kaiela Arts will then play host to a selection of student’s artwork at their “Along the River” Christmas exhibition.

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