Top Arts Showcases Young Artists at NGV


Top Arts 2014 running at from 11 April - 20 July 2014at NGV is one of the highlights of the Melbourne arts calendar, and is celebrating its 20th anniversary of young artists thriving. The World Loves Melbourne attended the launch evening and was highly impressed with the talented young artists. The highlight was meeting the artists themselves and hearing them speak about their art.

The exhibition presents outstanding work by students who have completed Art or Studio Arts studies in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and provides insight into young people’s ideas, thinking and creative practices. StArt Up: Top Arts 2014 will be displayed in NGV Studio, the Gallery’s popular and dynamic contemporary art space at NGV Australia at Federation Square and features folios, developmental material and preparatory work as part of the installation. StArt Up: Top Arts 2014 presents the work of our freshest and most inspiring young artists and builds on a well-earned reputation for being one of the liveliest and most visited exhibitions on the NGV calendar.

A range of informative and interactive programs will run throughout StArt Up: Top Arts 2014, including introductory talks by exhibiting artists and student and teacher professional learning programs. 

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Adelle Elksnis
Botanical anatomy 1
colour digital inkjet print
Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak
The idea behind my work was to create a surreal idyllic landscape made up from repeated images of the female figure. I wanted to produce a piece that is more than what meets the eye.
We considered this print to be genius, with layers of perception revealed on considering the piece. Not only is the theme bold but also the colour pallette.
One of the most popular, diverse and engaging exhibitions on the NGV calendar, StArt Up: Top Arts 2014 supports arts education and the future of contemporary art in Victoria. 
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Kelly Bull
black and white digital flash file transferred 
to DVD, silent, 208 pages
Box Hill High School, Box Hill
midnightRUN is a work of fiction that follows the character Jamie Matheson and the events surrounding a number of street gangs made up of the homeless.
Kelly shows her talent here both as an artist and as a storyteller. Her theme is contemporary and we enjoyed the social comment of the piece.
To celebrate its twentieth anniversary at the NGV, Top Arts has been given a fresh title, StArtUp: Top Arts 2014, which pays tribute to the role the exhibition has played in starting the career of many of Victoria’s emerging and established artists and creative practitioners.
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Kate Ferrari
Close up
colour inkjet prints
I wanted to capture the beauty and fierce nature of cars the highly polished painted surfaces by contrasting with the reflections 
of natural elements surrounding the car.
Metallic dress
aluminium, metal rings
Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School, Ivanhoe
My love for fashion and statement accessories inspired me to create a garment that conveys the idea of feminism and the growing strength and power of women in 
today’s society.
Kate has captured the imagination with here fashion as well as artistic skills, with another bold social comment on feminism and the power of women in today's society.
We have picked out a few of the artistic pieces that enthralled us, but all of the artists displayed showed outstanding creativity and artistry.
Guests at the launch heard an inspiring speech by the Hon. Heidi Victoria MP, Minister for the Arts. 
“StArt Up: Top Arts 2014 allows us to share in the artistic journeys of creativity and learning undertaken by our talented VCE class of 2013” 
- Hon. Heidi Victoria MP, Minister for the Arts 
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Isabella Kelly
Creating existence
Sacré Coeur, Glen Iris
As individuals our personalities should be considered before our appearances. This work depicts the persistence of stereotyping and labelling of individuals within our society.
Isabella shows great skill in depicting depth of character in this pencil art.
Here are some highlights of Top Arts 2014:
  • 49 young artists chosen from over 3,000 submissions coming from VCE Art & Studio Arts students from government, independent and catholic schools. 
  • Now in its 20th year, NGV have been celebrating youth creativity since 1994.
  • To celebrate, the exhibition has been renamed to pay tribute to the role it has played in starting the careers of so many artists & creative practitioners 
  • The exhibition is held at NGV Studio - a popular and dynamic contemporary art space.
  • There are also opportunities for the public to get behind the curtains to meet the people involved and gain an understanding of what goes into putting together an art exhibition!

Shortlisted students


These students were shortlisted for the exhibition: 

Danny Abdulahad St Albans Secondary College, St Albans
Phoebe Arvanitis Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak 
Lauren Bartlett - Bragg Firbank Grammar School, Brighton 
Tegan Bell Loreto College Ballarat, Ballarat 
Sarah Beyer Lavalla Catholic College, Traralgon 
Lucy Boehme Woodleigh School, Baxter 
Sam Brett Mt Eliza Secondary College, Mt Eliza 
Lauren Broide Star of the Sea College, Brighton 
Stephanie Burns Melbourne Girls’ College, Richmond 
Ashleigh Buultjens St Monica’s College, Epping 
Amy Chen Lauriston Girls’ School, Armadale 
Georgia Lee Chiarella Mount Saint Joseph Girls’ College, Altona 
Vanessa Clothier St Columba’s College, Essendon 
Candy Cooper Caulfield Grammar School, St Kilda East 
Hannah Costello Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak 
Mitchell Crameri Brighton Grammar School, Brighton 
Rachelle Criticos Avila College, Mt Waverley 
Nanami Dade Newhaven College, Newhaven 
Lucy Davidson Genazzano FCJ College, Kew 
Charmaine De Lima MacKillop Catholic College, Werribee 
Helen Demetriou Covenant College, Bell Post Hill 
Hayden Farrell St Bernard’s College, Essendon 
Alessia Ferraro St Columba’s College, Essendon 
Michelle Fitz-Gerald Glen Waverley Secondary College, Glen Waverley 
Jessie Geinitz Upwey High School, Upwey 
Stella Greaves St Leonard’s College, Brighton East 
Chester Greaves St Michael’s Grammar School, St Kilda 
Ellen Hatton Waverley Christian College, Wantirna 
Thomas Hoy St Patrick’s College, Ballarat 
Alexis Infeld Methodist Ladies College, Kew 
Natasha Jovetic Wodonga Senior Secondary College, Wodonga 
Eliza Katsourakis Williamstown High School, Williamstown 
Georgie Kemshal-Bell Beechworth Secondary School, Beechworth 
Maddison Kraus Flinders Christian Community College, Tyabb 
Margot Lapalus Girton Grammar School, Bendigo 
Ashley Lark St Leonard’s College, Brighton East 
Elaine Leong Presentation College, Windsor 
Celeste Magee MacKillop Catholic College, Werribee 
Hannah Mangan Distance Education Centre, Thornbury 
Bailey Dior McErvale Ballarat High School, Ballarat 
Lauren McKay Monbulk College, Monbulk 
Greta McMillan Lauriston Girls’ School, Armadale 
Emily McNeil Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College, Canterbury 
Matthew Mickelburough Mentone Grammar, Mentone 
Sarah Moss Camberwell Girls’ Grammar School, Canterbury 
James Mulcahy Scotch College, Hawthorn 
Asha Murray Portland Secondary College, Portland 
Aviya Naccarella Presentation College, Windsor 
Chevon Oakley Werribee Secondary College, Werribee 
Rachel O’Brien St Joseph’s College, Echuca 
Margaret Olney Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak 
Madison Packer St Leonard’s College, Brighton East 
Emma Paine Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat 
Alexis Polidoras Swinburne Senior Secondary College, Hawthorn 
Julia Quirk St Leonard’s College, Brighton East 
Hannah Roberts St Catherine’s School, Toorak 
Sylvie Saisch Melbourne Girls’ Grammar School, South Yarra 
Johanna Schreiner Woodleigh School, Baxter 
Patricia Sofra Notre Dame College, Shepparton 
Benjamine Sourivong Westbourne Grammar School, Truganina 
Kimberley Sternfeld Lauriston Girls’ School, Armadale 


Rose Stimpson Ballarat Grammar School, Wendouree 
Alison Waskowicz Beaconhills College, Pakenham 
Joshua Woods St Monica’s College, Epping 
Jessica Yates Firbank Grammar School, Brighton 
Adriano Zarosinski Catholic Regional College Sydenham, Sydenham

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