Students expressing the art of harvest

WANGARATTA GOTAFE visual arts students including (from left) Sally Hackett, Daren John Pope and Judy Waite, have taken inspiration from the four seasons to create their first public exhibition, now showing at Espresso on Ovens. PHOTO: Cheryl Browne

A GROUP of local art students have drawn inspiration from the Autumn season, to create a series of new works which are now hanging as part of their very first public exhibition.

The Wangaratta GOTAFE visual arts students conceived the theme for the exhibition, “The Art of Harvest” as part of their course work, brainstorming ideas and settling on a concept which was guaranteed to provide food for thought.

“A lot of us live outside Wangaratta and we thought about the month of May and how important harvest time is around the region,” said student Daren Pope.

“It’s also such an strong archetypal theme, asking ‘What does it mean to celebrate the produce of a season?’”

The scope of the assignment required students to be involved in all aspects of staging a public exhibition, from formalising an arrangement with the gallery to attracting people through the door.

“The exercise was to conceive and complete an exhibition, and we all worked together on how we’d approach the venue, publicise the event and consider the logistics of hanging the work within a gallery’s structure, which is really all part of the creative life,” said Daren.

“We all really worked in isolation on our own artworks for the last few weeks, and to see all the work together now is such a thrill, and hat’s off to Espresso On Ovens for being a part of it.”

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