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Year 12 Perspectives 2016


Curator Dunja Rmandic


  Year 12 Perspectives 2016

  28 January – 2 April 2017 | FREE






Celebrating 25 Years of the Perspectives exhibition

Year 12 Perspectives showcases work by some of the best, brightest and most talented graduating high school artists in WA, and is a barometer of what our youth are thinking and feeling.

In 2017, the Year 12 Perspectives exhibition will celebrate its 25th year and the show will also highlight alumni who have become professional practitioners in the visual arts, including video interviews with previous finalists across the years.

58 works by 57 students from across Western Australia were selected by this year’s judging panel comprised of: Genevie Baker, Coordinator Curriculum K-12, Arts Teaching & Learning Team, Catholic Education; Tarryn Gill, Artist; and Dunja Rmandic, Associate Curator Projects, AGWA.

Works span a variety of subject matter and media, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, digital moving image, photography and textiles. Prominent themes in this year’s display include social engagement, family and nature.



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People's Choice Award

The Act-Belong-Commit People’s Choice Award was awarded to Lara Sawyer whose work The decaying kind 2016 was voted the most popular by Gallery audiences.

As part of the Award, Lara receives a $250 Gallery Shop voucher. One lucky voter has also won a $50 Gallery Shop voucher and two VIP tickets to the opening of AGWA's upcoming show The Rise of Sneaker Culture. Iona Presentation College, as the school that Lara Sawyer attended, will also receive an art workshop and class tour of The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibition..

Lara Sawyer The decaying kind 2016 (detail)   Lara Sawyer The decaying kind 2016 (detail)

Lara Sawyer The decaying kind 2016 (detail)   Lara Sawyer The decaying kind 2016 (detail)

In Lara Sawyer's words, “My series of rusted and decaying portraits visually represent the diminishing respect from the mainstream towards the agricultural industry in Australia. A once proud industry is now hidden behind layers of false propaganda showing the happy smiles of local farmers in your nearest food market. As a farmer's daughter, I have observed this loss of culture and a lack of empathy from society towards those who deserve our recognition and respect. I aim to communicate our plight and the decay of our kind."

Healthway’s Acting Executive Director, Maree De Lacey said, “Healthway is delighted to be partnering with the Art Gallery of WA to support the Year 12 Perspectives exhibition and People’s Choice Award. This partnership is a fantastic way of engaging young people and their families with the Act-Belong-Commit message about positive mental health.

"And, the Act-Belong-Commit People’s Choice Award encourages young people to actively participate in the exhibition providing a sense of belonging which is important for positive mental health.” Ms De Lacey said.


Packers' Prize

Congratulations to Lea Baluyot from Balga Senior High School for winning the Packers' Prize for her work

Time is Gold 2016.

Lea Baluyot Time is Gold 2016   Lea's thoughts on her artwork, "I was inspired by the symbolic meaning of objects used in vanitas paintings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Flanders and the Netherlands. In my painting the skull represents life and death, the clock reminds us that life is fleeting and to make the most of every day. The book is about learning, to have a go and try your best. The Coca-Cola can represents fast food, sugar and obesity. The camera and screen symbolise social media, the microphone signifies entertainment, and the tape is measuring my life and achievement."


Artist talks | FREE

2-3pm, Saturday 11 March, Saturday 25 March and Sunday 2 April

Join some of this year's exhibiting artists in the Year 12 Perspectives gallery space as they discuss their processes, topics and individual works. Each talk is hosted by AGWA's Associate Curator Dunja Rmandic and presented by different student artists. So come along to each weekend and hear what our talented young artists have to say.

Saturday 11 March
Saturday 25 March
Sunday 2 April

Sarah Boon

Mairead Chapman

Yusef Hourani
Abby Kendell

Amy Reid
Kyler Rowson

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Amberley Bradley

Melissa Clements

George Gare
Elouise Greenwell

Skye Newton
James Stout

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Sarah Buttigieg

Joanna Go

Eden Leicester

Lara Sawyer
Melissa Tan


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Past Exhibitions

Year 12 Perspectives 2015

Year 12 Perspectives 2014

Year 12 Perspectives 2013

Year 12 Perspectives 2012

Year 12 Perspectives 2011

Year 12 Perspectives 2010
Year 12 Perspectives 2009
Year 12 Perspectives 2008


Principal Partner

Act Belong Commit logo      Healthway logo

Supported by

Yr 12 Perspectives education logogs



Max Evangelisti
Hale School
City Beach on sunday 2016
oil on canvas
two Parts: 91 x 61 cm; 91 x 122 cm

Lara Sawyer

Iona Presentation College

The decaying kind 2016
oil on metal

four parts: 58 cm diameter each

Lea Baluyot
Balga Senior High School
Time is Gold 2016
acrylic on canvas
63 x 63 cm


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