KSHS Year 12 student Larna Buckle with part of her inquiry piece, “Neighbours” … “You never know what is happening next door”

October 14, 2021

Kingaroy State High School’s bright up-and-coming artists have taken over the Kingaroy Art Gallery for the month of October to display their skills.

The next generation of South Burnett artists have more than 50 works on show in the three main gallery spaces.

Most of the works are by senior students from Years 11 and 12, although there is some works by younger artists on show, too.

KSHS arts subject area co-ordinator Tonita Penny, who pulled the exhibition together, said it marked a 20-year anniversary of the school’s relationship with the Kingaroy Art Gallery.

Last year would have been the official 20th show, but it could not go ahead at the gallery due to COVID restrictions.

Ms Penny said most of the artworks had been developed using the stimulus / art inquiry process from the arts syllabus. The “inquiry” pieces are begun at the end of Year 11 and the students continue to work on them through to September the following year.

In Gallery 3, a video of an applied arts activity, art in the community, was on display. In this, students can be seen painting the mural on the wall of the South Burnett Child Care centre in Avoca Street (opposite Domino’s).

The exhibition was officially opened by Kingaroy Arts Team president Fran van Vegchel who said she was delighted to have the high school students back in the gallery again after last year’s forced cancellation.

“It’s a high point for the gallery that we have this show every October,” she said.

Acting KSHS principal Mark Freeman said that just by walking through the gallery you could see the pride the students have taken in their work.

The students’ artworks will be on display until October 28.

Entry to the gallery is free and visitors are urged to take a slip and select their favourite artwork in the People’s Choice vote.

Nathan Clegg, left, and art teacher Tiana Clifford McDougall, right, with members of the Tearle family, from Kingaroy, who were keen to inspect the artwork on show … Deanna-Lee, April-Rae, Braydon-Eric and mum Rachael
Kingaroy State High School arts teacher Carissa Sempf, acting principal Mark Freeman, arts subject area co-ordinator Tonita Penny, Kingaroy Arts Team president Fran van Vegchel and arts teacher Tiana Clifford McDougall
Jake Cullen, Year 12, with his work “What Ties Us Together”
Caitlyn Reynolds, Year 12, with “Silence”
Deanna -Lee Tearle with her two works: “Constraint” and “Consumed”
Hamish Kinsella, Year 12, with his works “World Issue” and, at his feet, “Carbon Cracking”
KSHS students painting a mural in Avoca Street as part of an art in the community project

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