Sydney College of the Arts Graduation Exhibition

26 November 2019
Immerse yourself in the talent of Sydney College of the Arts graduates at the 2019 SCA Graduation Show. Opening night Tuesday 26 November.

Spread across multiple gallery and art studio spaces, the exhibition encompasses works from all disciplines by the next generation of leading contemporary Australian artists and filmmakers.

Featuring final year students from all studios - painting, ceramics, drawing, jewellery and object, screen arts, photomedia, printmedia and sculpture - it's the chance to celebrate the graduating cohort and the creative talents of the next generation who will join the stellar alumni of Sydney College of the Arts

This year more than 30 emerging practitioners will present their final projects for the last time at the SCA Galleries, Rozelle. The SCA will move into its new, cutting-edge $20million dollar site at the Camperdown main campus next year.

Students from SCA’s flagship degree, the Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA) and Honours program are mentored and taught by a leading group of academics and practitioners and are set to follow in the footsteps of SCA graduates such as Marc Newson, Ben Quilty, Cathy Wilcox, Jonny Niesche and Fiona Lowry.

Director of the Sydney College of the Arts, Mr Andrew Lavery, said the end of year show is the most anticipated event of the year for SCA students and the wider Sydney arts community.

“The students of the class of 2019 deserve to be very proud of this exhibition. There are so many strong works that contribute to SCA’s sustained track record of producing contemporary artists, many of whom play on the world stage,” said Mr Lavery.

Among this year’s talent is Ohni Blu, Rachel AV Sherwood and Dominique Davadason.

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) Sculpture student, Ohni Blu’s (Issey Kinson) work titled If The Body was Open Source, is constructed from plaster and wood. It uses science fiction as the inspiration to imagine what the future world will look like; disrupting harmful ideologies and replacing them with a diverse and accepting future.

Tanya Reinli, also a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) Sculpture student , combines found and manufactured objects, including hand blown glass to create her piece, Kompression. Reinli playfully blends the luxe finishes of industrial surfaces, the irregularity of off-cuts, and the delicacy of glass in a painterly arrangement where physical space replaces the canvas.

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) student, Dominique Davadason uses fragmented plastic bags suspended mid-air to create her installation Cosmic Detritus: CUBE. The cut and torn pieces resemble floating ash which speaks to disintegrating resources and a planet caught between expansion and collapse. Although the exhibit is a large-scale installation, the work immerses the viewer with its tactile fragility. 

At the Opening Night of the exhibition on Tuesday 26 November, one outstanding Honours student will be named as the recipient of the Artereal Gallery Mentorship Award - a one-year mentorship, culminating in the inclusion in a group exhibition at the gallery in 2020.

Come and view the exhibition, meet the artists and see what makes the SCA one of the leading contemporary art schools in the nation.

Opening Night: Tuesday 26 November, 6-9pm

Exhibition:        Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 November, 11am-5pm
                          Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December, 11am-4pm

Location:          SCA’s campus in Rozelle

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