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Trinity News : July 2008
SOA SOCIETY OF THE ARTS Each year at this point in time the Society of the Arts opens applications for the Society of the Arts Scholars. These scholarships are available to Year 11 students who are about to enter Year 12. There is a scholarship for one of the following : Visual Arts, Drama and Music and each is worth $500. The Society of the Arts scholars assist with the preparation of exhibitions and performances and participate fully in the activities of the Society of the Arts. As the year moves forward, the Society of the Arts, in particular the Delmar Gallery, embraces the exhibitions of our own students. The School exhibitions are often the most rewarding for the whole School community because they highlight the artistic achievements I QUILT THERFORE I AM Delmar Gallery Exhibition | until 20 July 08 above: “Colour Cascade” (detail) by Evelyn Wise of our homegrown talent. Commencing with the Junior School exhibition, the Gallery shows the works of the younger members of our community. Often showing the results of all of those Gallery visits that Mrs Pratt makes to the professional exhibitions throughout terms two and three, this annual exhibition shows free and open approaches to making art that are always refreshingly original and incredibly sophisticated. Each year, the Junior School precedes the Design and Technology exhibition, and these two exhibitions, while poles apart, exemplify the diversity of educational modules that are available to students at Trinity Grammar School. Often the Design and Technology Year 12 students employ an astounding depth and breadth of imagination and finesse in the works that are displayed in the Gallery. Bearing in mind that these works are their HSC submissions, this exhibition often exemplifies the concerns that influence contemporary designers – interior space, the environment, energy and water recycling – and on many occasions these are the students who continue their interest into tertiary studies in the faculties of Design and Architecture. When it is almost the case that too much sophistication is barely enough, Design and Technology is followed by the Visual Arts HSC and International Baccalaureate exhibition. This is the exhibition that often tests the limits of the Delmar Gallery and highlights the artistic achievements of Year 12. This year marks the establishment of an academic partnership that the Visual Arts Department has negotiated with Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney. The first part of which was an exhibition in the gallery entitled The Fragile Absolute that showcased the works of candidates from the Master of Visual Arts and PhD programmes at the college. Rueben Keehan, Curator at Artspace, opened the exhibition. The value of partnerships between secondary and tertiary institutions aims to concentrate on mentoring and portfolio analysis that will provide long- reaching benefits to our students and hopefully provide them with a sample of life at one of Sydney’s most contemporary art schools. Our final non-student exhibition is entitled I QUILT THEREFORE I AM and features the works of the Trinity Quilters, who are a dedicated group of artists who gather twice a month to make quilts and hold discussions around the subject of quilting. This exhibition was opened by Lorraine Trezise, President of the Quilters Guild of New South Wales. As the Society of the Arts Music programme moves into contemporary and experimental mode we are pleased to announce that the Trinity Grammar School Composer in Residence, Fiona Hill, will present an evening of her work that was inspired by the Godfrey Miller painting – Unity in Blue in the Experimental Drama Theatre on Tuesday 21st October. But not before the Phil Slater Quartet present a workshop and concert in the Orchestra Room on Monday 4th August. This is an exciting time of the year for the visual and performing arts and we look forward to seeing members of the Trinity community and their friends at our exhibitions and concerts. Nicholas Vickers Curator of the Delmar Gallery and Convenor of the Society of the Arts 2 TRINITY NEWS