It's breakaway time as a group of outstanding young art students cut from the mob and make a dash for the future in a dust-raising exhibition of stampeding talents.
The Art Gallery of South Australia has another breakaway on its hands when a showcase exhibition of Year 12 artwork titled Breakaway 01 is launched at the Gallery on Friday 23 March. The works selected for this innovative exhibition of visual art excellence are among the best produced by Year 12 Visual Art students from across South Australia and marks the first occasion that senior secondary artwork has been exhibited at the Art Gallery.
Response to the project has been outstanding with over 150 students submitting work to the selection panel. Students from all systems (DETE, Catholic and Independent and from country as well as metropolitan schools) are represented in the final selection of around fifty works, in a variety of media including painting, print-making, photography, drawing and sculptural installations.
The themes and subjects of the works reflect youthful concerns about social issues including the environment, sexuality and drugs but also include explorations of identity and poetic interpretations of everyday experiences.
Breakaway 01, with its focus on excellence, will complement the SSABSA Year 12 art show that annually presents a range of work to support schools interpret the syllabus.
It also sends a strong message to young achievers and to the wider community that the formative years of art experience and training are valued and play a significant role in developing new generations of creative talent and art audiences.
The success and popularity of senior art student exhibitions in art museums has been recognised for many years within Australia with projects such as Art Express at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Top Arts at the National Gallery of Victoria continuing to attract large public audiences.
Breakaway 01 is an initiative of the Art Gallery of South Australia and is generously sponsored by Bank SA and Premier Art Supplies, with support from Arts SA, Department of Employment, Training and Education, Senior Secondary Assessment Board of SA and the South Australian Visual Art Education Association.