Next GEN 2018 showcases the work of students from Government, Catholic and Independent schools mainly from the Ballarat and Grampians region, who have just completed VCE studies in Art, Studio Arts, Design and Technology, Visual Communication and Design and Media.
The Art Gallery of Ballarat has been exhibiting some of the best work produced by students from across the western Victorian region for twenty years.
Next GEN 2018 continues to be an important part of the Gallery’s exhibition program and both provides industry training to its participants, acts as an inspiring introduction to VCE art for current students, and gives Gallery visitors insights into the world of young people today.
The 2018 Next Gen People’s Choice winner was Courtney Sedman, who was at Damascus College last year and is now studying at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.
Her artwork is called Roots at Tender Depth, and is made from mixed media, embroidery and acrylic on calico Courtney said of her work, “This work reflects the depth of love of people in an emotional relationship.
“The beautiful surface may not show that the relationship lasts, but underneath is the person attached to it. The work also conveys a message about those who feel they are not worthy of love, placing a façade in front of themselves — there is a weave of experience and relationships that make people who they are.
Feelings of tenderness, sinking down into the soil, connect to a person at a deeper level.”