New picture painted

ARRAN MORTONSound Telegraph

A respected art professor hopes a Rockingham art event will change attitudes about the viability of careers in art.

Curtin University professor of art John Teschendorff said he hoped the Kwinana Industries Youth Art Awards would help change parents’ attitudes about encouraging careers in art.

“Parents can discredit art as a worthy career path for their children,” he said. “It can be a bit of a cultural battleground and I know that certainly closer to the city, there is a hierarchy of what young people can do.

“Parents will list medicine, law, commerce and a host of other things before they will cite art as a viable career choice.

“I believe events like this can change people’s minds — this is the only one of its type that I know of in WA.”

The Gary Holland Community Centre turned gallery showcased more than 90 pieces of work, from pencil drawings, paintings and collages to furniture design, photography and fashion created by pupils from 11 schools in Rockingham and its surrounding areas.

Living Waters student Megan Swart, 17, said her painting, which featured three young figures locked behind a window, was designed to confront people on the issue of child abuse.

“This piece is about how child abuse is hidden,” she said.

Sophie Wall, a Year 12 Tranby College student, took top prize in the visual art category for her piece, Disconnected.

Safety Bay Senior High School’s Liam Blyth and Teagan Newton were also honoured.

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