Inspired Artwork Wins Portrait Prize

Congratulations to Year 7 student Emily Wood for winning the Year 7-9 "Who’s Who Portrait Prize", competing against thousands of entries. The competition coincides with the Art Gallery of NSW 2018 Archibald Prize exhibited at The Geelong Gallery. 

Emily celebrated local street artist Rone, who is famous for his large portrait pieces and, more recently, his painting of the Cement Works silos. Emily used stencilling and aerosol to create her dramatic metallic work.

She said the win gave her a self-esteem boost and allowed her to showcase her creative work in a forum other than social media. Emily loved being in the art room at lunchtimes, under supervision, as it allowed her more freedom to experiment with materials and there was a great sense of purpose from all of the other students working on their pieces.

The art department is incredibly proud of Emily’s achievement. All of the entries from The Geelong College will be exhibited at Courthouse Arts in Geelong, with an opportunity for the public to vote on their favourite work. The Archibald Prize will be exhibiting at Geelong Gallery from 15 September through to 18 November.

Jen Nicholls
MS Art Department

Photo of Emily courtesy of Jen Nicholls

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