The 2017 Creative and Performing Art (CAPA) showcase is a program offered by Student Enrichment within the Office of Student Success. Local CAPA events were held on each campus during weeks three and four of Semester 2 and showcased a diverse range of student’s creative interpretations of this year’s theme - “Inside Out. Make a Change. See Things Differently”. Performances included drama/dance, poetry/spoken word and music, and displays of visual arts, photography and short film.
Over 200 ACU students registered nationally to participate. Some Faculty and professional staff on each campus supported the program by sharing their expertise in judging the creative art entries, photos and films, whilst performance items were judged during the local showcase events.
All first place winners of performance (drama/dance, music and poetry/spoken word items) were invited to perform again at the National Showcase event on Monday 18 September at North Sydney Campus. At this showcase this select group of performers competed for the national first place which carries a prize of $1,000. The runner up performance from these categories received $500. The creative winning submissions (visual arts, short film and photography) from each campus were also displayed at the national event and were awarded the same first place and runner up prizes.
National performers with their certificates at the national CAPA event.
The national showcase program for this year included 12 performances by 11 students who travelled from each of the six campuses. The two creative art winners also attended the event where they were acknowledged for their artistic entries.
There were a total of 16 creative art works represented at the national event. These included six photography, four short films and six artworks.
The performances included five music, five poetry/spoken word and three drama items - all incredibly rich in delivery and successful in captivating the audience as they unveiled their unique interpretations of this year’s theme.
The national winners for 2017 are:
Warren Howden - Melbourne Campus (first place in the national performance category)
$1000 cash prize for first place overall in the national performance category was awarded to Warren Howden from Melbourne Campus for his original song for flute, voice, beatboxing and effects pedals titled “ A Thousand Streams’. This musical arrangement was cleverly created by Warren as he layered, recorded and looped sounds over each other to produce an amazing composition.
Daniel Ognenovski – Strathfield Campus (runner up in the national performance category) $500 cash prize for runner up overall in this same category was awarded to Daniel Ognenovski from Strathfield campus who recited his own spoken word piece titled ‘Wandering’. Daniel‘s ability to draw the audience into his poetic world was intriguing and commended by the judges.
Ella- Rose Manning - Canberra Campus (first place in the overall national creative arts category)$1000 cash prize was awarded to Ella-Rose Manning from Canberra Campus. Ella-Rose’s fine sculptural ceramic piece spoke well to the ‘Inside out’ theme and showed a high level of technical and creative skill.
Efstratia Kotridis - Melbourne Campus (runner up in the overall national creative arts category)The $500 cash prize was awarded to Efstratia Kotridis from Melbourne Campus for her fine paper cutting techniques in her intricate work. ‘Be Still' was inspired from time spent drawing her surroundings and reflecting upon biblical truth in Fitzroy Gardens. It speaks of having peace in the midst of a storm, just as the garden portrayed is a peaceful place in the midst of a busy city.
Visual Art display at the National CAPA event. Winning first place was a sculptural piece from Canberra student Ella-Rose Manning (left hand side), also picutred are Melbourne photos in frames by student Melody Popple (centre front), canvas paintings by Safa Khazma (centre back) , perspex artwork by Inez Goves and painted canvas by Freya Dowling.
Each student who entered the showcase submitted a written synopsis for their work, outlining their unique interpretation of the theme and giving the audience a clearer perspective on the meaning of the work. Those written for the performances were included in the printed programs, whilst those submitted for artworks accompanied the works on the creative art displays.
Feedback from those students who participated in this year’s CAPA Showcases has been nothing less than encouraging and praise-filled. Students have expressed gratitude for the opportunity afforded them by Student Enrichment and have vowed that they will definitely be entering the showcase again in 2018.