By Steve Collins, Head of Visual Arts and Catherine Benz, Curator, Delmar Gallery
In Trinity news we congratulate Year 10 and Year 11 Visual Arts students, Lewis Kanellos, Alexander Little, James Wang and Lewis Dobbin, who have been selected for the inaugural Young Curators at Trinity initiative following a call-out to all Years 9-11 students.
This innovative project will see these students work as a curatorial team to research, develop, select and stage an exhibition of paintings by renowned Australian artist, Euan Macleod. They will be working under the guidance of Delmar Gallery Curator, Catherine Benz, and Max Germanos, originator of this project concept and Director of 3:33 Art Projects. The resulting exhibition will be held at Delmar Gallery from mid-June until early August 2019.
Macleod has held over 100 solo exhibitions and participated in over 200 group exhibitions in a 30-year career. He has won the Archibald Prize, the Sulman Prize, the Blake Prize and the Gallipoli Art Prize, plus numerous international residencies and commissions. Intrigued by the unusual nature of this collaboration, he has generously agreed to make time available in his busy exhibition schedule and open up his studio and archive for the Young Curators.
On Tuesday evening, students and their parents were introduced to Macleod in his spacious studio in Haberfield. In this engine-room of creativity, we were surrounded by paintings-in-progress on the walls and easels. Stacked on tables were folios of works-on-paper, each containing dozens of plein-air studies from overseas painting trips. Over the next few months, the Young Curators will have unparalleled access to these works and others, visit Macleod’s exhibition at Clayton Utz and develop their ideas for the forthcoming exhibition.
From its outset, Trinity Grammar School has provided a rich cultural environment enabling boys to recite their stories and express the intangibles of life. Recognising the strong links between creative arts and academic performance, Trinity offers a comprehensive creative arts programme to students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12. Trinity’s Society of the Arts has been providing opportunities for boys to be exposed to fine Art and Music with which they would not normally come in to contact. This rich history has been the foundation for a breadth of performing and exhibition arts being taught, encouraged and fostered by some of the most passionate and expert educators in the country.
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