Some of the works on display as part of First Class 20. Picture: Supplied.
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New MAC exhibition proves our up and coming artists are all class!

A new exhibition, showcasing the work of the Hunter Region’s top Visual Arts 2020 HSC students is currently on display at Lake Macquarie’s Museum of Art and Culture (MAC).

The annual First Class 2020 exhibition was launched at MAC on Friday and showcases 37 works that express the student’s awareness of the issues facing us all such as COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter Movement and climate change.

“The curators don’t begin the selection process with any preconceived themes in mind,” exhibition curator Helen Willis said.

“But this year’s emerging themes centred understandably around the pandemic year and its associated mental and emotional health issues, as well as family, the importance of home and personal relationships.

“These students are commenting on the uncertainty of our lives today.”

More than 20 schools from the Hunter and Central Coast are represented in this year’s exhibition, with works covering everything from ceramics and sculpture to digital drawing and embroidery.

Pepita Barton putting finishing touches to her work, Delicate Deadly. Picture: Supplied.

For Merewether High School student Pepita Barton, much of the COVID-19 lockdown was spent painstakingly carving out a giant, multi-layered paper sculpture titled Delicate Deadly – her interpretation of a coronavirus.

“The concept behind my artwork is the relationship between science, nature and art, and the merging of these very different but very connected fields,” Pepita said.

“It’s also a juxtaposition of this idea between delicate and deadly. I’m fascinated by the idea that this living organism has the power to change everything that we live in, in the world today.”

More than 20 schools from the Hunter and Central Coast are represented in this year’s exhibition, with works covering everything from ceramics and sculpture to digital drawing and embroidery.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said the exhibition was indicative of the depth of artistic talent we enjoy in the Hunter Region.

“Seeing these works makes you realise not just what is important to young people today, but what their creative potential is,” Cr Fraser said.

“We must support, nurture and celebrate this as they continue through life beyond the HSC.”

Martina Mrongovius, Council’s new Arts Producer for the Lake Arts Precinct, said she was overwhelmed by both the number of submissions and their overall quality.

“We received more than 150 submissions to First Class 20, and the quality of work across the board was fantastic,” she said.

“This year marks the 13th instalment of First Class and it continues to be one of the most popular exhibitions at MAC.”

First Class 20 is open until Sunday 2 May. Head here  for more information.

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