Annual Art Exhibition paints picture of emerging talent

The 2018 St Andrew’s Visual Art Exhibition has drawn to a close, after taking centre-stage as a professional-quality exhibition in the Learning Hub for a week.

The annual event showcases work from a range of visual art disciplines (painting, drawing, photography, digital media, virtual reality and much more) from students in Prep – Year 12.

St Andrew’s Head of Visual Art, Mr Ben Hedstrom, said the exhibition was a success and received with positivity and enthusiasm by all.

“Many comments from visitors to the Exhibition suggested that our artists just keep getting better and better,” Mr Hedstrom said.

The Exhibition also included the annual Thomson Art Prize, named after the Visual Art Faculty’s foundation member and studio assistant Amanda Thomson, and sees students recognised for talent and creativity.

“Artworks were judged this year by guest judge Michael Brennan, the Director of Noosa Regional Art Gallery,” Mr Hedstrom said.

“The People’s Choice Award is also a popular segment of the Thomson Art Prize and is awarded to one Primary and one Secondary artwork that received the popular vote.

“We would like to thank our major sponsors, Eckersley’s and The Gallery Eumundi, and guest judge Michael Brennan, for their support of the exhibition.”

2018 Thomson Art Prize winners are as follows: 

Head of Primary Award

Eva S (Year 5) ‘Ned Kelly (after Nolan)’ (pictured 3)

Noa B (Year 1) ‘The Bee’ (pictured 10)


Highly Commended

Amelia F (Year 4) ‘Circle Wircle’ (pictured 9)

Emily M (Prep) ‘Self-portrait’ (pictured 11)


Primary Winner

Alex H (Year 5) ‘World of Fish’ (pictured 1)


Head of Secondary Award

Abbie S (Year 9) ‘Live in the Present’ (pictured 5)


Secondary Highly Commended

Sophie B (Year 12) ‘Gazing Up at Autumn Leaves’ (pictured 6)

Zoe W (Year 12) ‘Home’ (pictured 7)


Secondary Winner

Cheyenne W (Year 11) ‘Plum Pudding’ (pictured 2)


Primary People’s Choice winner

Annie HC (Year 3) ‘Shiny Dolphin’ (pictured 8)


Secondary People’s Choice winner

Zoe W (Year 12) ‘Enough’ (pictured 4)