Year long exposure for SCA graduates
21 February 2014
Artworks by four University of Sydney's SCA graduates last year have been selected for commercial display in the Australian offices of major global law firm Clyde & Co for 12 months.
The inaugural Clyde & Co Art Project gives twelve graduating artists from three tertiary art schools in Sydney the chance to showcase their work for the first time in the commercial art world. The Sydney College of the Arts' Bachelor of Visual Arts students were shortlisted from over 300 artists late last year.
Amelia Tracey, Caterina Pilato, Logan Thompson and Ewa Marciniak will see their artworks exhibited in various public areas of Clyde & Co's George Street Sydney offices, giving them exposure to lawyers, their clients and staff.
"This is a great opportunity for these recent graduates to be publicly recognised as professional artists for the first time. It's a great entrée to the corporate art world, which is an entirely new market place to anywhere else they would have previously shown their work. It gives them the chance to test their artwork in the context of the daily workplace," said Professor Colin Rhodes, Dean and Director of SCA.
At the official opening of the exhibition at Clyde & Co on Wednesday 19 February, the Sydney office staff placed a vote for the 'People's Choice Award', which was presented to SCA artist Amelia Tracey.
Amelia Tracey said: "I never expected my art to get so much attention and exposure straight after the graduate show last year. The award has certainly boosted my confidence as a legitimate artist.
"When someone asks 'what do you study' and I say 'Visual Arts', you are often confronted with expressions of scepticism. Participating in the Clyde & Co Art Project offers recognition and belief in artistic talent, which so many young people today possess but many overlook. With immediate exposure to the commercial side of the art world, Clyde & Co has given me the confidence that my art is of interest to others and that I can pursue art as a career."
The Clyde & Co Australia project follows similar successful art schemes that have been rolled out by the firm's London and Middle Eastern offices. "This project is designed to give emerging art students the opportunity to showcase their work in our Sydney offices for one year. By doing so, we give them insight to the corporate sector of the commercial art world," said Oscar Shub, Clyde & Co Australia.
On show are Amelia's digitally generated portrait series, 27 Club; Ewa's mixed media work, River; Caterina's photographic works, A Pause in Time to Reflect; and Logan's acrylic work, Commodified Connections.
During the year-long exhibition, Clyde and Co will also give each SCA artist training and commercial advice on legal matters pertaining to the art world, including intellectual property and contractual arrangements with commercial galleries.
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