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Trinity News : April 2008
TRINITY NEWS 13 SOA SOCIETY OF THE ARTS Following last year’s initial success of hosting the Blake Prize for Religious Art at The Delmar Gallery, I am happy to report that this year proved to be more challenging but certainly more rewarding. More challenging through some of the contentious works that were displayed and more rewarding through the attendances that doubled and the publicity that we received. The latter point con?rms my belief that there has never been a time in modern history when religion has played such an important role in world politics as well as within Australian society. It is a time that has forced us all to re?ect upon our own belief systems and to try to determine meaning from the events that appear to be out of our control. From last year’s experience of hosting the Blake Prize, I have learned that from the young there is much to be learned and this year was no different. When Mrs Pratt descended upon the gallery with her Year 5s, a lively discussion ensued that left us with interpretations of the paintings that were both enlightened and profound. Similarly, when we stage the annual Junior School exhibition later in the year, I am frequently in awe of the complexity of the work that these students are capable of achieving. In conjunction with The Blake Prize, The Society of the Arts staged our ?rst concert of the year that celebrated the life and times of William Blake. William Blake was born into the industrial revolution and The Sydney String Quartet, headed by Mr Ronald Thomas presented an exceptional programme of works by Blake’s contemporaries – Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. These pieces were complemented by a brilliant selection of William Blake’s poems read by John Wregg. Our second workshop and concert was presented by the Volatinsky Trio, who introduced our students to a range of exotic instruments that ranged from the bandura to the cimbalom. Music from Easter Europe was the ?avour of the evening and Mr Robert Prero, the Head of Music, attended the workshop and concert with other members of the music department. Our second exhibition of the year, Brought to Book, featured over 150 examples of handmade books from the Australian Bookbinders. Again, the Society of the Arts held a series of bookbinding workshops that were open to parents, teachers and students of the school. The workshops were conducted by bookbinding professionals and in the end participants walked away with at least one handmade book and a wealth of technical knowledge. Trinity boys who have graduated have often joined the armed forces and lead distinguished military careers. Our current exhibition, Trinity Remembers, commemorates those boys who lost their lives at war. The exhibition features military memorabilia and works of art by contemporary artists that have been commissioned by the ADF to capture the sights and scenes to which our troops are exposed. The exhibition also marks the seventieth anniversary of the Trinity Cadet Corps and is accompanied by the handsome publication that was compiled by Mr Robert Scott entitled Trinity Remembers. This year the Society of the Arts looks forward to increased membership and a greater participation in our exhibition and concert programme. The Society is forever indebted to Mr Kell Daniels, the Director of Creative Arts and Mr Robert Prero, Head of Music. I look forward to welcoming members and their guests to a diverse array of events throughout the year. Nick Vickers | Curator of the Delmar Gallery and Convenor of the Society of the Arts top: The Bookbinder’s Exhibition bottom left: The Sydney String Quartet – (l-r) Messrs Ron Thomas, Alex Norton, Georg Pedersen and Alex Todiscescu bottom right: Mr John Wregg reads a selection of William Blake’s poems