Education and Arts

Clancy Art Prize for secondary school religious art

The Clancy Art Prize exhibition has for the first time travelled to Melbourne where it is being shown at the Australian Catholic University Brunswick Gallery.

Now in its 13th year, the Catholic Education Office Sydney Clancy Art Prize captures the remarkable talents of high school students from across the Archdiocese of Sydney. The 2012 winners were announced at the ACU Strathfield Campus McGlade Gallery in March this year where the exhibition was showcased for two weeks.

Clancy Prize WinnerClancy Prize winner 2012 Brothers of War by St Aloysius College Year 12 student Mark Shepard

Wednesday 27 June saw the opening night of the Melbourne exhibition by Professor Rosemary Crumlin OAM, RSM Author, Curator and Honorary Fellow of ACU.

A long-time Clancy Art Prize judge, Rosemary addressed the audience by reflecting on the visual representation, creativity and what it means to be religious. “By looking at the various artworks around, I am impressed by the depth of ideas 16 to 18 years old can transmit through art,” she said.

There are nine award winners in total with three other students receiving a strong commendation from the panel of judges consisting of Rosemary Crumlin, Msgr Tony Doherty from the Archdiocese, Visual Arts Co-ordinator Karen King from Caroline Chisholm Secondary College Glenmore Park and ACU Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts Lachlan Warner.

A selection of twenty-two artworks exploring the theme “There where you are you will find God” (St Mary MacKillop, 1874) is on display in the gallery until Thursday 12 July.

The works range from collaborative projects to contemporary forms and more traditional media. Some of the outstanding artworks being exhibited include the Clancy Prize 2012 winner Brothers of War, a collection of portraits taken during a recent trip to Papua New Guinea, by St Aloysius College Year 12 student Mark Shepard and Australian Gothic (Light of the World) by De La Salle Cronulla Year 12 student Jade Laughlin who won the Executive Director’s Prize for her work depicting one of the lamps outside St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Debbie Fenton, representative from the Catholic Education Office Sydney and member of the Clancy Prize Committee, said the calibre of work on show is remarkable. “We hope that having the exhibition go ‘on the road’ to Melbourne will become an annual event”.

Seamus O’Grady, Director of Curriculum at the Catholic Education Office Sydney, previously said that the collaboration with ACU to host the Clancy Art Prize exhibition is “an opportunity to showcase our Catholic heritage through art and to have these works curated professionally in a dedicated art space.”