Unknown to many, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is celebrating it's 25th anniversary of hosting Top Arts 2019, which opened the 22 March 2019.
Top Arts is an annual showcase of Victoria’s most exciting emerging young artists who have excelled in VCE Art and Studio Arts. This year’s exhibition presents a diverse range of works that tackle the issues facing young Australians today, and presents works from across the state with 49 works from over 2,000 submissions.
Highlights from this exhibition include Aretha Brown’s Time is on our side, you Mob, 2018, a self-portrait exploring the impact of intergenerational trauma of the Stolen Generation on her life as a young Indigenous woman; Little raccoon, 2018, a digital portrait of a young man by Kristy Fedoro, which serves as a love letter to nostalgia and mischief; and Nicholas Gilbert’s STORM, 2018, a sculptural outfit of intertwining tubes mimicking a tornado, influenced by humanity’s hand in accelerating climate change.
Wearable art features strongly in this year’s selection including Nicholas Gilbert’s STORM, 2018, a sculptural outfit of intertwining tubes mimicking a tornado, influenced by humanity’s hand in accelerating climate change; Felt (past tense of ‘Feel’), 2018, by Isabel Unwin, a bright ensemble embellished with knitted cords, created as a tactile expression for the abstract nature of mental health; and Rebecca Willington’s jacket, Checklist, 2018, which juxtaposes neon pink squares with clear cut-outs, investigating how clothing can act as a protective social armour.
NGV Director, Tony Ellwood AM, says the exhibition is unique to the Gallery. "Now in its 25th year, Top Arts continues to serve as an annual testament to the extraordinary budding talent across the state and the NGV is proud to offer a forum where young people can creatively express themselves through art. The Gallery is committed to fostering arts education in Victorian schools as well as here at the NGV.’
See this year's Top Arts 2019 exhibition free at the NGV Australia this winter!
Dates: 22 March – 14 July 2019
Location: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square
Times: Open 10am - 5pm daily