Genesis exhibition showcasing young creative talent at Museum of Geraldton

Michael RobertsGeraldton Guardian
Sara Walker, James Thompson, William Upchurch and Marina Baker with artworks from this year's exhibition.
Camera IconSara Walker, James Thompson, William Upchurch and Marina Baker with artworks from this year's exhibition. Credit: Michael Roberts/Geraldton Guardian

The next generation of Geraldton artists will take centre stage at the Museum of Geraldton over the next two months as part of the 2021 Genesis exhibition.

Running from December 4 to January 23, Genesis invites secondary students from across Geraldton to submit their work for a yearly exhibition.

More than 150 artworks — ranging from paintings, drawings, ceramics and wearable art to mixed media — by students from seven different Geraldton high schools will be on display.

Geraldton Regional Art Gallery co-ordinator Marina Baker said she was impressed by the quality of this year’s short-listed selections.

“It’s very interesting to see the things kids are affected by enough to make work about,” she said.

“Recycled material and wearable art had been a big thing this year.

“In the earlier levels the kids are just learning their skills, whereas when they get older they are making their own choices.”

Each year group will be handed a prize, with a public vote deciding a people’s choice award.

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Last year’s people’s choice award went to Strathalbyn Christian College Year 7 student Emma Lamb for her Mambo-inspired clay character.

Usually the exhibition is held at the art gallery, but this time around the space could not cater for both Genesis and the Mid West Art Prize.

Ms Baker said an exhibition such as Genesis challenged students outside of the “school bubble” and helped them explore their creative passions.

“We want to encourage them and get the message out that there are careers in the arts,” she said.

“It does take a while to get the skills, but we are trying to say ‘hey, you are on your way’.”

Genesis will be on show at the museum daily from 9.30am-3pm.

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