Clancy Prize celebrates a decade of young talent

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

31 March 2009: The 10th annual Clancy Prize art exhibition was opened at Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Strathfield Campus recently, showcasing an impressive level of creative talent among Sydney art students.

photo: Dan White, Kimlee Ngo, Virginia Judge Director of Catholic Education Dr Dan White, winner Kimlee Ngo, NSW Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts and Member for Strathfield Virginia Judge and Associate Professor Marea Nicholson.

The exhibition, run collaboratively by the Catholic Education Office (CEO) Sydney and ACU, gives high school students the opportunity to explore religious themes through visual art.

This years entries, based on the theme ‘You are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the word (Matt 5:13-14),’ included collaborative and individual works utilising a range of mediums to create both two and three dimensional artworks.

The opening night was attended by the NSW Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts and Member for Strathfield Virginia Judge, school principals, teachers and parents, as well as a number of staff from the CEO and ACU. Prizes were awarded for first, second and third place, with six additional prizes sponsored by the ACU schools of Education and Arts and Sciences.

Kimlee Ngo, who recently graduated from St Ursula’s College Kingsgrove, was awarded the Clancy Prize for her work The Development of the Human Form, a three dimensional piece tracing the development of a human embryo alongside other forms of life.

Ms Judge called the entries ‘amazing and inspirational’, and credited ACU for having the foresight to open the gallery and make it available to young talent.

“The works show courage, honesty and passion,” said Ms. Judge.

“They examine issues of social justice and depths of emotion and feeling. It’s wonderful that the CEO and Australian Catholic University provide this opportunity for young people,” she said.

Director of Catholic Education Dr Dan White was also impressed with the level of talent that is demonstrated in this year’s exhibition.

“What really impresses me is the ability of students to synthesise faith and life,” said Dr White, “and to express the meaning of deeply held spiritual insights and how they’re reflected in life experience.”

“It lifts your soul to see kids express themselves in such a way,” he said.

The exhibition will run until 4 April 2009 at the ACU Gallery, Block A, 25A Barker Road, Strathfield.