The 2017 MacKillop Art Exhibition was officially opened by Principal Frank Norton on Thursday 2 November in the College Gymnasium. Guest judges were this year’s Artist in Residence at the College, Aidan Lee-Smith, and Rochelle Ritchie from Jackson’s Art Supplies in Busselton.
Mr Norton quizzed Aidan on his background and recent achievements, including winning the People’s Choice Award at the City of Busselton Art Exhibition, despite criticism from the judges. Aidan mentioned how impressed he was with the calibre of the art on display, and commended both the students and the art teachers for their courage and diversity.
The Hanger’s Award went to Year 12 student Tatiana Swan for her detailed pencil drawings depicting human involvement the polluting of our environment. The P&F Award for thought-provoking artwork went to Year 12 student Rose Borig for her emotional portraits of determined female figures, and the Jackson’s Busselton Art Award went to Year 11 student Lili Renfrey’s eye-catching winged sculpture.
The People’s Choice Award went to Year 11 student Lucie Bray-Rudkin’s playful take on pollution in our oceans with her larger-than-life sculpture, Fish out of Water.
Awards were also presented to students in upper and lower Primary, Middle and Senior School as follows:
Visual Art Award – Senior School: Leyla Allerton (Year 12)
Highly Commended – Senior School: Jazz Naughton - Year 12
Visual Art Award – Middle School: Netanya Brown - Year 9
Highly Commended – Middle School: Ruby McGeowan - Year 7
Visual Art Award – Primary 4-6: Bindi Green - Year 4
Highly Commended – Primary 4-6: Tanika Dunlop - Year 5
Visual Art Award – Primary 1-3: Wylie Hill - Year 3
Highly Commended – Primary 1-3: Aesha Frost - Year 1