HSC Design Exhibition 2020

This year’s HSC Design Exhibition, showcasing major projects by Year 12 students of Design and Technology (D&T) and Textiles and Design (T&D), was on view at Adelaide Perry Gallery from 3 – 7 September. Rostered visits, for invited guests, out of school hours, allowed 23 families and friends to visit the impressive display in compliance with current COVID-19 restrictions for schools. 

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Mrs Maria Nastasi, Ariana Galanos, Ms Jo Herrmann and Dr Paul Burgis at the HSC Design Exhibition luncheon.

A celebration event held on Tuesday 7 September featured a lunch for the exhibiting students as well as a special video message by Ex-student Cate Caldis. 

To commence proceedings Gallery Curator, Ms Tiffeny Fayne introduced 2002 Art & Design Captain Ariana Galanos to perform an Acknowledgement of Country, before Ms Jo Herrmann, Head of Technological and Applied studies, addressed the students. Ms Herrmann congratulated the girls on their incredible achievements of completing their Major Design Projects and the Major Textiles Projects on show under challenging circumstances. 

In her video message Cate Caldis, who completed HSC Textiles & Design at PLC Sydney in 2018 commended the students on the high standard of works produced and on the hard work and passion for design evident in the finished pieces. She spoke about her endeavours after PLC Sydney which include completing a GAP program at MITA (Made in Tuscany Academy) in Florence, Italy, and then working under the direction of an independent Italian designer, before returning to Sydney to pursue further studies in a Bachelor of Fashion at TAFE NSW. She spoke about the importance of experimentation and intuition in her current practice and of the possibilities and rewards that can come from being courageous and showing initiative.

Principal Dr Paul Burgis then congratulated the students on their achievements this year, made more impressive by the resilience displayed in realising their projects during and following lockdown. He also acknowledged the important support of parents and family to their daughter’s HSC studies. On behalf of their classes, gifts of appreciation were then presented to Mrs Maria Nastasi (T&D) and Ms Herrmann (D&T) by Halle Fisher and Yianna Nikos, and Sophie Tyson respectively. On behalf of both classes, Ariana Galanos presented gifts of thanks to Ms Fayne and Gallery Manager, Mr Andrew Paxton. Ms Fayne acknowledged Mrs Karmen Martin and Mrs Nicole Rader for their much appreciated assistance with the exhibition.

Mrs Maria Nastasi, Ariana Galanos, Ms Jo Herrmann and Dr Paul Burgis at the HSC Design Exhibition luncheon.