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2018 SCA Undergraduate Degree Show

22 November 2018
Exhibition of Australia’s next generation of artists goes on display
Two awards were presented at the opening of the Undergraduate Degree show at the Sydney College of the Arts. Student achievements are celebrated at the annual exhibition, displaying the progressive works from the class of 2018.

The Sydney College of the Arts Undergraduate Degree Show presents some of Sydney’s most talented emerging artists in a vibrant display of artistic experimentation.

The exhibition features work by students completing the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours). Works by more than 50 third year students went on display across the campus in each of the studio areas: Jewellery and Object, Painting, Photomedia, Printmedia, Screen Arts, and Sculpture. In addition, SCA Galleries hosts the work of 40 students who have completed their Honours degree.

This capstone experience prepares students for the commercial art sector and provides opportunities to have their work viewed by collectors, curators and gallery directors. 

There are so many strong works that contribute to SCA’s sustained track record of producing contemporary artists, many of whom play on the world stage.
Andrew Lavery, Director Sydney College of the Arts

The Artereal Gallery Mentorship Award was awarded to Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours student, Patrizia Biondi for her collection of works, Use No Hooks, Fraught to the Bone and Joker Are Always Right but the Clowns Are All That’s Left.

The Artereal Gallery Mentorship Award will provide Patrizia with:  a one-year mentorship, culminating in her inclusion in a group exhibition at the gallery in 2019; and an invaluable mentorship with the gallery’s manager, Rhianna Walcott and the entire Artereal team.

This award allows the recipient opportunities to seek advice and guidance pertaining to and relating to her professional development, the development of artistic practice, exhibition opportunities, art prizes, residencies and artist profiling opportunities.

Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours student Paul Cooper was the recipient of Artscene, the SCA Directors Award for an outstanding Honours student.

Paul majored in sculpture and presented his winning collection of works, Actuality No. 2, File, Ready or Not, and Charta Sacculi saying, “It’s an interactive contraption using live AV feeds, which produce drawings that document visitation to the space during the exhibition. These drawings highlight our willingness to provide personal information in the digital age.”

“The students of the class of 2018 deserve to be very proud of this exhibition. There are so many strong works that contribute to SCA’s sustained track record of producing contemporary artists, many of whom play on the world stage,” said Andrew Lavery, Director Sydney College of the Arts.

“SCA’s vision is to further build its legacy to Australian contemporary art and culture as it relocates to its new home at The University of Sydney’s Camperdown campus, and these graduates will most certainly be part of celebrations to come.”

The SCA is recognised as one of the leading art schools and is heralded for its unrivalled significance, having produced some of the country’s most prominent artists. Its outstanding reputation and strong ties with the national and international art arena and ability to engage with external audiences allows the school to continually attract students of the highest calibre.

View the final projects of our emerging creative practitioners at the SCA Galleries. On show now.

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