More than 30 students from schools around the region will have their artwork displayed at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) as part of the 2019 Emerge exhibition.
Set to be officially opened today, Friday 23 August, the exhibition will feature a wide selection of works from six schools ranging from works on paper, experimental painting, works on canvas, printmaking, small to medium scale sculptures, photography and digital works.
Bundaberg Christian College Secondary Visual Art teacher Telea Erkoceviq said Emerge was a great initiative for young artists to showcase their works in a gallery setting.
“I think it’s an exciting opportunity for them,” Telea said.
“It means their works have been selected out of many of the schools within our region, so they already know it’s a very prestigious opportunity.
“So when they find out their works have been chosen, they’re really excited about it.
“It also gives their families an opportunity to come and see their works exhibited and so all of the hard work and effort they’ve put into their artworks is obviously rewarded through this experience.”
The Emerge exhibition provides the 32 students with the exciting opportunity to have their artwork displayed for hundreds of people to see.
Bundaberg Christian College student Benjamin Otto will have his artwork displayed in the CBD and said he was looking forward to getting feedback on his work.
“I’ll probably be rather excited if not nervous as people usually are, but I believe I will be happy with whatever people think about it,” Benjamin said.
“I do believe that the emerge initiative is for younger generations of artists as they may need some motivation and potential cooperation to get up and going.”
Caleb Cook, from Kepnock State School, said it was a daunting but exciting experience.
“It’s giving the opportunity for you to get some appreciation for the work you put in for something you’re passionate about and something you usually wouldn’t get the chance to do,” Caleb said.
Fellow student Josh Edmonds agreed.
“It gives a lot of new artists the chance to have their artworks viewed by people it wouldn’t usually be viewed by,” Josh said.
“It’s very hard to get your artwork noticed as an aspiring artist.”
The Emerge Exhibition will be on display at BRAG until 13 October.
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