Young talent time: students experience city’s art world

GENERATION NEXT: Generation Art 2018 students and artist mentors at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. The students were immersed in the city's arts scene. Photo: HENRY DENYER-SIMMONS
GENERATION NEXT: Generation Art 2018 students and artist mentors at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. The students were immersed in the city's arts scene. Photo: HENRY DENYER-SIMMONS

THREE digital films, produced by nine local year 10 students, were launched last week at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery to their families, teachers, principals, local artists and arts mentors and members of the public.

The Generation Art film launch and screening showcased the work of the students from MacKillop College, St Stanislaus’ College, Denison College - Bathurst High Campus, Denison College - Kelso High Campus and All Saints’ College, produced during their 14-week immersion in the visual art world of Bathurst.

Mayor Graeme Hanger presented the students with certificates and art gift bags (kindly donated by Pigments and Palettes), as well as student memberships to the BRAG Society, in recognition of their achievements throughout the program.

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But what is Generation Art exactly? In 2016, BRAG partnered with the Australian Catholic University (ACU) to produce an innovative pilot program for youth audiences – an audience group which is persistently one of the most challenging to engage in the gallery space.

Once a week, students met with local artists and arts professionals over a school term and worked towards making digital stories in response to what they learnt during the program.

The pilot program in 2016 was purpose-built to enable young people to interact with local artists and real artworks.

Students were immersed in gallery operations and management and worked with local artists and arts mentors to find out what it’s like to be an artist today.

Generation Art 2018 is the second iteration of the program as BRAG was committed to running the innovative program again on the back of its success in 2016.

The three digital stories created by the students captured their experiences of the program, and synthesised what they learnt about curating an exhibition, working in an artist’s studio, videography and art-making.

Their films differed greatly in style, ranging from a mini documentary about local artist Nicole Welch, to an exhibition review of the JamFactory’s exhibition STEEL: art design architecture.

BRAG would like to thank local artists and arts mentors Nicole Welch, Bridget Thomas, Henry Denyer-Simmons, Donna Mitchell, Graham Lupp and Rachel Ellis for their tireless efforts to make the program a success and encourage the students to pursue their passion for the visual arts.

Man On The Moon Media captured the students’ journeys in a mini documentary while they worked and learnt in the gallery space, forged new friendships and created their own bodies of work.

The mini documentary, as well as the students’ films, can be viewed in the gallery, on BRAG’s website www.bathurstart.com.au or BRAG’s YouTube channel.​

For further information, visit www.bathurstart.com.au or go to our Facebook page. 

The gallery is open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday and 11am-2pm Sunday and public holidays.

Sarah Little is audience engagement officer at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.