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Largest ARTEXPRESS exhibition explores contemporary issues

03 Mar 2020

Tomas Ramos 'More than an Athlete' artwork

The largest collection of student artworks from the 2019 HSC Visual Art examinations, exploring a range of topical themes including personal relationships and athlete struggles, is now on display as part of ARTEXPRESS at Sydney Olympic Park. 

In this year’s exhibition “Contemporary exchanges”, 58 talented Year 12 students were hand-picked by curator Danielle Gulllota exploring strong themes spanning social, personal, political and global issues.


The exhibition features paintings, drawings, sculptures, textiles, printmaking, ceramics, photography and new media art.


Sydney Olympic Park Authority Manager, Events and Activation, Tony Nesbitt said it was always an honour to be a part of ARTEXPRESS and bring this quality program of arts and culture into western Sydney.


“This exhibition showcases an amazing selection of art brought to life by our next generation. I’m in awe of the raw and honest reflections that are coming through in this collection of art.


“This year’s exhibition carries such contemporary significance, with students exploring relatable, important and current issues, from the complexity of personal relationships and the cultural representation of architecture to an athlete’s struggle to be heard outside of the sporting arena,” Mr Nesbitt said.


In 2019, 8,600 students took part in the HSC Visual Art examinations, of which more than 500 achieved the highest grade. The work of almost half of these students will appear in a series of ARTEXPRESS exhibitions across NSW, including the Sydney Olympic Park Armory Gallery, Art Gallery of NSW, Hazelhurst Arts Centre and Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. 


Sydney Olympic Park Authority has partnered with the NSW Department of Education and the NSW Education Standards Authority to present ARTEXPRESS for 16 years as an important arts and educational program.


The Armory Gallery’s free ARTEXPRESS exhibition is open to visitors daily from 3 March – 5   April, 10am – 4pm.

Due to the current public health situation, Art Express at the Armory has been closed until further notice