The work of about 100 Charles Darwin University art students will go on display at Witchetty’s in the Araluen art precinct in Alice Springs this weekend.
The “Artopia 87” end-of-year exhibition will feature an eclectic collection of works by visual arts students, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, textiles, sculptures and screen prints.
Lecturer Suzi Lyon said: “We try to include at least one work from everyone who had studied art at CDU this year.
“Apart from the urban students, we’ve taken our courses to a lot of remote students, so there would be well over 100 people who studied with us this year.”
Among the works is “Grevillea”, a fabric screen print by long-time Central Australian Heather Romeo, who has been studying for a Certificate IV in Visual Arts.
Her inspiration began with a photo of a grevillea growing in her garden at home.
A digital imaging program was used to remove the background and from that a photo emulsion silk-screen stencil was developed.
Using silk-screening techniques, Mrs Romeo printed the design on fabric to create a graceful piece of textile.
“I’m going to give it to my grand-daughter, who’s studying design,” Mrs Romeo said.
“It will be interesting to see how she re-interprets the original idea.
“It was a fabulous course and I loved every minute of it.”
Artopia 87 will be opened at 4.30pm on Saturday 1 December by Vocational and Education Team Leader Carole Buck. The exhibition will be open from 10am-4pm daily from 2-7 December.