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This event brings many school groups and families to the Gallery, whirling through the doors looking for what it takes to create a successful artwork for the HSC.

This particular ARTEXPRESS is a celebration of the challenges and hard work of the students and teachers who have endured the difficulty of creating artworks during a global pandemic.

The works selected for display in ARTEXPRESS 2022 at Tweed Regional Gallery include a broad range of approaches and expressive forms, such as ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and time-based forms.

Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM said the impressive and highly resolved bodies of work demonstrate the creativity and resilience of students in what was an incredibly challenging year. ‘It also provides a wonderful insight into the issues that are important to them.’

Donovan’s Animated Identity

Zev Donovan, Emmanuel Anglican College, Animated Identity 2021, acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy the artist.

The exhibition will include the work of Northern Rivers-based student, Zev Donovan, of Emmanuel Anglican College in Ballina. Zev’s body of work Animated Identity was influenced by the study and interpretation of artist Abdul Abdullah’s The Man, The Passion.

‘Making art for me is about expression, so the art I make necessarily explores both the materials and concepts or ideas that are closest to me,’ says Donovan.

‘For Animated Identity, I concentrated on layering imagery to explore identity in a contemporary media-saturated world. Specifically, I used “cartoon/meme” icons to vandalise sincere portraits of close friends with the intent of disrupting the relationship between image and audience.’

ARTEXPRESS 2022 is on display at Tweed Regional Gallery from 22 July 2022 until 18 September 2022.

The official opening celebrations are on Friday 22 July 2022, from 6pm. The event is free, however bookings are essential: julyopenings.eventbrite.com.au.

ARTEXPRESS is a joint project between the NSW Department of Education (DoE) and the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

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