ACU's Strathfield Campus is proud to once again host the Clancy Prize Religious Art Exhibition for Sydney's Catholic Secondary Schools at the McGlade Gallery. The Prize, which has been running for more than 15 years, was opened on Friday 6 March by Director Teaching and Learning Dr Michael Bezzina from the Catholic Education Office, Sydney.
The prize is named in honour of Cardinal Edward Clancy, who once commented that "Religion and art have been closely related from earliest times. Art has always been at the service of religion and religion at the service of art. At a time when our society seems to be losing its civilising values, religious art is a powerful force in the service of humanity."
The theme for this year's Prize is, "Be praise my Lord for the gift of life; for the changing dusk and dawn; for touch and scent and song" (St Francis of Assisi), and students were asked to create an artwork based on their interpretation of this quote.
Winners of this year's awards included:
The Clancy Prize
Infinite – God's Love Charlotte Rowland (Year 12) Loreto Kirribilli
The Brian Jordan Award
Dad Joseph Alofi (Year 12) Rosebank College Five Dock
The Monsignor Tony Doherty Award
Which side are you drawn to? Michaela Wong (Year 12) Kincoppal Rose Bay
School of Arts Awards
By the Shores of Lakemba Collaborative work by Year 9 Holy Spirit Catholic College Lakemba
We are All God's Creatures Collaborative work by Year 7 Marist College Eastwood
My Spirituality Unmasked Collaborative work by Year 8 Marist College Woolwich
School of Education Awards
The Spectacle of Pedagogy Nicholas Kartsiotis (Year 12) St Mary's Cathedral College
But for the Love of a Mother Andreas Damouras (Year 12) Rosebank College Five Dock
Reflections Emily Platteel (Year 12) St John Bosco College Engadine
Key to Life Sarah Danskin (Year 12) St Ursula's College Kingsgrove
Curated by Lachlan Warner and the team in Art and Design, the exhibition will run until Saturday 21 March 2015.
I would like to invite all staff and students to take the opportunity to visit this very special exhibition.
Professor Marea Nicholson Associate Vice-Chancellor (Sydney)