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Trinity News : July 2010
2 TRINITY NEWS SOA SOCIETY OF THE ARTS The Blake Prize | This year, the Society of the Arts and the Blake Society’s diverse and exquisite exhibition was our anchor point for the beginning of the year embracing four key areas of on-campus academic life – Religious Studies, Visual Art, English and with the Annual Blake Concert, Music. The ABC presenter, Stephen Crittenden, opened the exhibition. The Annual Blake Concert was magnifcently presented by The Sydney Omega Ensemble, and Mr Ron Ogier read poems by William Blake to a packed gallery. Ascent into Infnity | Ascent into Infnity was a carefully curated exhibition of paintings by Pam Aitken, Simon Blau, Helen Eager and Polly Joannou that was designed to assist Visual Arts students to understand the transition from realism to abstraction, exploring the inspiration taken from everyday household objects to create compositions incorporating elements of those objects. Mr Christopher Dean, a leading authority on minimal and text-based art opened the exhibition. Antony Peebles in Concert | In March, British concert pianist Anthony Peebles was able to include Trinity Grammar School on his world tour with a remarkable concert of pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Ravel and Liszt. CAS Exhibition | The Combined Associated Schools exhibition is a triennale that highlights the work of students from the Visual Arts Departments of Trinity, Knox, Barker, Waverley, Cranbrook and St Aloysius, selected by the Head of Department from each school. Emeritus Professor Liz Ashburn, speaking on the place of Visual Arts in society, opened the exhibition. The Studio of Mr Sun Ming Cai | We were honoured to have the Chinese Consul for Science and Technology, Dr He Fuxiang and the Federal Member for Lowe, John Murphy, open this exhibition of beautiful ink paintings by artist Mr Sun Ming Cai. Mr Sun was born in Harbin and moved to Australia in 2004. He is an exponent of fnely detailed ink and wash landscapes writ on a grand scale. The gallery showed 25 of his paintings, plus works by his students. Trinity students Oswyn Brent (12Mu), Angus Coble (10Ho) and Oliver Coble (9Ho), Dimitri Sidiropoulos (10Yo) and John Tung (12St) entertained guests at the opening with a comic dialogue, poem and song performed in Mandarin. The Chinese language department classes visited the exhibition, enjoying demonstrations given by the artist. Guitar Trek | Internationally celebrated Australian guitar quartet, Guitar Trek, gave a wonderful recital in May in the Orchestra Room, performing recent compositions by Nigel Westlake and Mark Isaacs together with pieces by Spanish and Argentinian composers of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Once again, our Society of the Arts Scholars, as hosts, have proved to be superb ambassadors for the School. Our thanks to Yiani Andrikidis (12WH), Nathan Dimarchos (12Du), Michael Oag (12Ar) and Andrew Verykios (12Hi). Nick Vickers | Catherine Benz Curator, Delmar Gallery and Convenor, Society of the Arts | Nick Vickers left Trinity in April, 2010 top: Work by Polly Joannou exhibited in Ascent into Infnity below left: Blake Opening (l-r): Stephen Crane, Blake Prize fnalist, Stephen Crittenden, broadcaster and 2010 Blake Prize judge, Nick Vickers and Kell Daniels below right: (l-r): Dr He Fuxiang, Consul for Science and Technology Affairs, Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney, Sun Ming Cai, Artist, Hon John Murphy MP, Federal Member for Lowe, Catherine Benz, Dr Peter Stiles Every young athlete dreams of representing his country and taking on the best the world has to offer and Trinity’s Phil Chircu (11He) will make this a reality after been selected to represent Australia at the inaugural Under 17 World Basketball Championships which take place in Hamburg, Germany from the 2-11 July. Joining Phil in the Australian team will be two other boys from the CAS and GPS Associations, which is a testament to the strength of Basketball. Phil has had an exceptional 2010, captaining the 1st V to an undefeated CAS premiership, leading the NSW Metropolitan Team to a Gold Medal at the Australian U/18 Championships and just recently being selected in the NSW CIS Team. It is a just reward for Phil, who has worked extremely hard on developing his all round game over recent seasons. Ben Morrissey | MIC & Director of Basketball PHIL CHIRCU SELECTED TO TAKE ON THE WORLD’S BEST IN GERMANY COVER STORY