Best face forward for St Paul’s Archipaul

The Archipaul Portrait Prize showcases the portraiture talents of students at St Paul’s Catholic College, Booragul.

Now in its 18th year, the annual art show aims to provide an inclusive environment for the St Paul’s school community and an opportunity for Visual Arts students across the school to demonstrate their artistic talent.

The event also provides a collaboration opportunity for both staff and students as they work together and support one another to put together the special evening.

The show exhibits artworks from a range of mediums including painting, etching, printmaking, skateboard design, jewellery design, digital and wet photography, sculpture, mixed media, drawing and ceramics.

This year’s showcase was a beautiful display of students’ creativity, problem solving skills, hard work, spirituality, playfulness and risk-taking.

Visual Arts and Visual Design students created their pieces in class as part of the portraiture component of the curriculum – with Chuck Close inspired paintings from Year 10 to Pop Art portraits in Year 8.

With students providing their Visual Arts and TAS projects for display, Year 9 students provided beautiful background music and Year 11 Hospitality students served up delicious catering on the night.

This year’s overall Art Show winner was Abbey Nugent (Year 12) and the runner-up was Abbey Liu (Year 12). 

This year’s major Archipaul award winners were:

  • Senior Encouragement Award – Adam Foster (Year 11)
  • Junior Encouragement Award– Samantha Moir (Year 9)

The overall winner of the Archipaul Portrait Prize was Year 11 student, Eloise Way, for her piece ‘Fallen Angels’. 

“The exhibition is a wonderful testament to the talent and skills of both teachers and students at St Paul’s,” said Sarah Adams, Leader of Pedagogy in Creative Arts and Languages at St Paul’s.

“We are planning on adding a Packing Room Prize next year. This will be chosen by the people who unpack and hang all the works who are not professionals within the art world.”

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