UWS graduates push the boundaries with new contemporary art exhibition

Date: 21/11/2002

Bachelor of Fine Arts students are set to break new ground in two innovative new graduate exhibitions at the University of Western Sydney's Kingswood campus.

UWS Fine Arts lecturer, Eugenia Raskopoulos, says the public shows, titled Structurally Unsound and IX, open on Friday November 22 and feature some of the region's emerging new talent.

"These works represent the cutting edge of contemporary art and form the major assessment of the 67 undergraduate and nine honours students taking part," Ms Raskopoulos says.

"It's a multi-disciplinary show, featuring a range of sculpture, paintings, prints, photo media, experimental video installations and performance art."

Ms Raskopoulos says these students are embracing the changing dynamics of the art world, and are already making their presence felt.

They include Honours graduate Ben Denham, who recently won the prestigious $40,000 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship. Ben will travel to Mexico City next year to study with renowned performance artist Francis Alys.

"This exhibition will also include the work of four electronic arts students, our first graduates in this field. This is a relatively new area of study, but one growing in strength. In future, our graduates will use sound, as well as video technology, in their art work," Ms Raskopoulos says.

She says this year's work is some of the best to date.

"We invite the public to show their support for the arts in Sydney's western suburbs, and come along and see the work of these exciting new artists."

To help these young artists pursue their careers, several prizes and scholarship awards will also be announced on opening night.

They include the Casula Powerhouse scholarship, providing the winning graduate with $3,000 and a three month in-house residency at the Powerhouse.

Ms Raskopoulos says a brand new scholarship award will also be unveiled this Friday.

"It's pleasing to see the local community and business leaders get behind our emerging artists. These scholarships give students a "leg-up" into their careers, and helps to bridge the gap between leaving university and securing that first paying job."

Several other awards will also be presented this Friday night to the undergraduate artists from sponsors including The Lab, Art Pacific, Sigmacom, and Art in Asia Pacific magazine.

The undergraduate exhibition, Structurally Unsound will be opened by former UWS Masters graduate Simryn Gill, while the Director of the Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest, John Kirkman, will open IX. The exhibitions will run until Friday December 6, between 10am and 4pm daily. Admission is free.

WHAT:Bachelor of Fine Arts undergraduate and honours graduate exhibition opening.
'Structurally Unsound' and 'IX'

WHEN: 6pm, Friday November 22, 2002

WHERE:Building Z, University of Western Sydney (Kingswood campus)

For more information about the exhibition, please contact 02-4736 0648

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