Visitor favourite ArtRage returns to Northwest coast

Devonport City Council Tasmania

Patrick Grieve, artists and art teacher at Hellyer College is officially opening the annual touring student art exhibition ArtRage at the Devonport Regional Gallery on Saturday 12 August.

Developed annually by the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, the 2022 exhibition showcases a staggering 187 artworks by students in years 11 and 12 across Tasmania.

From analogue photography and traditional printmaking techniques, to sculpture, video animation and more, ArtRage 2022 offers an eclectic and vibrant display of student works.

As part of the ArtRage experience, students have been assessed on their works for their Tasmanian Certificate of Education.

Each year, a panel of ArtRage examiners award a prize for the most outstanding piece of work within the touring exhibition.

In 2023, the prize was awarded to student Anabelle Zeeman from The Hutchins School in Hobart for her painting titled, Untitled (2022).

Long-time ArtRage supporter City of Launceston Mayor Matthew Garwood said the exhibition provides an important platform for emerging artists across Tasmania.

“Each year I look forward to exploring the works on display in ArtRage,” Mayor Garwood said.

“The talent on display in 2022 is extraordinary. All students featured should be immensely proud of their works and to be a part of this state-wide touring exhibition.”

QVMAG General Manager Shane Fitzgerald said ArtRage was an annual visitor favourite.

“It’s a highlight for us each year to develop ArtRage and tour a brilliant showcase of work from student artists across Tasmania,” Fitzgerald said.

This year’s guest curator Patrick Sutczak said it had been a great experience to develop the 2022 exhibition.

“One of the most enjoyable curatorial experiences of ArtRage has been viewing the diversity of student works across all mediums,” Sutczak said.

“I hope that each student featured in ArtRage will maintain the confidence and inspiration within themselves to continue with future creative study or in independent practice post year 12.”

Geoff Dobson Convention and Arts Centre Manager said that this is the first time ArtRage is to be shown at the Devonport Regional Gallery.

“The Devonport Regional Gallery has not previously been in a position to host ArtRage. So, we are incredibly pleased that we are able to show ArtRage across three of our Galleries, giving our visitors the opportunity to fully engage with and enjoy the record-breaking amount of works and the diversity of topics and media”.

“We are giving students from the Northwest coast a slightly preferential treatment in that they will be able see their works in our biggest space, the Main Gallery”.

ArtRage is proudly developed by the City of Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.

Exhibition dates: 12 August – 16 September 2023

Special events: Official opening by Patrick Grieve, Saturday 12 August, 11am in the Main Gallery.

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