Riversdale Dreaming 2018 Opens

Riversdale Dreaming, an exhibition of works by PLC Sydney Artist-in Residence Nicole Kelly and Year 11 Visual Arts students, opened at Adelaide Perry on Wednesday 30 May. This annual event showcases works produced en plein air during Year 11 Art Camp at the Yvonne and Arthur Boyd Education Centre at Riversdale on the Shoalhaven River, and in subsequent studio-based endeavours in The Croydon art studios.

Gallery curator Mr Mark Hetherington welcomed the crowd to the official opening event and thanked the many parents and staff who have supported the girls as they created the bodies of work on display. He then introduced Sophie Montague of Year 11 Visual Arts who performed an outstanding rendition of Corinne Bailey Rae’s Put Your Records On, kicking off the proceedings with a soulful groove. Year 11 Visual Arts students Lara Ho and Claire Shi then shared some individual experiences of Art Camp with the gallery visitors, reflecting on how their time at camp improved their art practice.

Mr Hetherington then introduced Nicole Kelly who as Artist-in-Residence has guided the girls with their Bundanon bodies of work, providing valuable input along the way. Nicole thanked the College for the opportunity to take part in the program at PLC Sydney and congratulated the girls on their achievement. She said it had been a pleasure to assist the girls with their endeavours and commended them on their curiosity and desire to learn. On behalf of the staff and students at PLC Art and Design Captain Elena Koskinas then presented Nicole Kelly with a gift of thanks for her participation.

Riversdale Dreaming continues 8.30 am – 4.00 pm weekdays at Adelaide Perry Gallery until 21 June. Visitors are invited to vote for their favourite student work and a People’s Choice award will be presented at the close of the exhibition.

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Above: Year 11 Visual Arts students Claire Shi, Sophie Montague, Lara Ho and Artist-in Residence Nicole Kelly at the Opening.

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Above: Year 11 Visual Arts students Sophie Montague, Design Captain Elena Koskinas and Ms Jo Knight, Head of Faculty, Visual Arts