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St George’s Cathedral Art Returns
St George’s Cathedral Art returns to St George’s Cathedral this year, bringing innovative works by Year 10-12 students from more than 50 WA schools.

The exhibition is in its 18th year, missing last year due to the pandemic. Its return to the in 2021 is an exciting prospect, after the 2019 exhibition saw a record number of artworks on display.

From 17 to 25 July, works by students in Years 10, 11 and 12 from 53 schools will be displayed along the aisles of the Cathedral. At the Gala Awards Night on 22 July, prizes will be awarded to selected works in four categories, with a People’s Choice winner announced at the close of the exhibition.

With the number of artworks restricted to three per school, this ensures only carefully selected works are shown. Even so, there will be almost 140 works on display. Students often go on to exhibit their artworks in the prestigious Pulse Perspectives at the Art Gallery of WA, which, combined with St George’s Cathedral Art, gives young artists an opportunity to kickstart their careers.

The 2019 People’s Choice award went to Isabella Cotter from St George’s Anglican Grammar School, whose work accompanies this release. Isabella is now studying Fine Arts at Curtin University. The school’s Head of Arts, Carol Wohlnick, said:

“St George’s Cathedral Art helps our budding young artists through motivation and inspiration. It also invites them to be a part of something larger; students get an awful lot from being able to share their artwork with others.”

For exhibition visitors, this event is a valuable opportunity to see into the minds of the world’s future influencers. After more than a year of global upheaval, the Cathedral expects to be providing a fascinating insight into a range of issues unique to a young generation.

The Very Reverend Chris Chataway, Dean of St George’s Cathedral, said:

“I look forward to my first exhibition and seeing the Cathedral transformed into a unique gallery to showcase the stunning work from young artists of over 50 participating schools. Cathedrals are centres of art and music, and St Georges is no exception. In artistic expression we find the universal human yearning for meaning, which is the arena in which God communicates with us.”

The student’s works will be professionally curated and photographed for the souvenir catalogue, and winners chosen by a panel of expert judges. There is no charge for exhibitors, ensuring all young artists are able to participate, from all educational sectors. 

Carol Wohlnick urges the public to:

“Come along to support our young artists. They work so hard to enrich our worlds with their creative and often exuberant contributions.”

St George’s Cathedral Art is open every day from 17 to 25 July 2021, between 10.00am and 4.00pm, 12.00 noon opening on Sundays. Entry to the exhibition is by gold coin donation, and visitors can purchase the catalogue for $15.00 to add their vote for the Peoples Choice prize. Everyone who votes will go into a draw to win a dinner voucher from the State Buildings.

Featured artwork: “Roots” by Isabella Cotter, People’s Choice winner of St George’s Cathedral Art 2019 

St George’s Cathedral Art is supported by the St George’s Cathedral Foundation for the Arts, corporate sponsors and private donors. St George’s Cathedral is grateful to the Anglican Community Fund, Anglican Schools Commission, Cathedral SquareState Buildings, Jacksons Drawing Supplies and Church + Osborne.

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