the RIVER bled and the 2022 PLC Sydney Students’ Photographic Prize


the RIVER bled, contemporary photography by Sydney artist Teena McCarthy, in conjunction with the PLC Sydney Students’ Photographic Prize 2022, was officially opened on Thursday 28 April at Adelaide Perry Gallery. PLC Sydney was honoured to have the participation of Mr Djon Mundine OAM as special guest speaker. Mr Mundine is a foundational figure in the criticism, development and exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art, who, nationally and internationally, has been widely respected as an intellectual, activist and cultural leader since the 1970s.

Of Italian and Barkindji heritage, Teena McCarthy explores her identity in her multidisciplinary works, bravely unpacking issues of displacement and loss of culture that has punctuated her family history. Her works are inspired by her grandmother’s life history and are visually deeply rooted in the traditional customs practiced by Aboriginal communities in Barkindji Country, around the Darling River. The Gallery was thrilled to have the College’s Indigenous student community and their families

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Teena McCarthy and Djon Mundine OAM

in attendance, along with Indigenous Students Support Coordinator Ms Marissa Andrews. Julia McInerney of Year 12 performed a Welcome to Country to begin the official proceedings. Mr Mundine with Dr Paul Burgis then presented the awards in this Year’s Students’ Photographic Prize. This year, students were asked to respond to the theme ‘Sacred Water’.

Highly Commended award recipients received a certificate and a $50 art supplies voucher, generously supported by PLC Sydney Parents & Friends’ Association. In the following sections the
winners were:

  • Years Pre-Kindergarten to Year 1: Florence Curran, Year 1, Splishy, Sploshy, Splashy
  • Years 3 to Year 6: Sophia Bressan, Year 5, Flower
  • Years 7 and 8: Syricia Rowston, Year 8, My Crown
  • Years 9 and 10: Mia Jamal Year 9, Tree lined still Murray Darling River
  • Years 11 and 12: Amelia Rand, Year 11, 60% Water, 100% Joy
  • Transition: Annalise Partington, Year 10, Falling in love underwater

The Overall Winner was then announced: Micayla Galettis, Year 3, for her photograph Reflections in the Stream, which captures beautiful visual properties of water in an original and interesting way. Micayla was presented with a certificate and $200 art supplies voucher, generously supported by PLC Sydney Parents & Friends’ Association. Congratulations, Micayla!

Djon Mundine OAM, Micayla Galettis (Year 3) and Dr Paul Burgis

 Art and Design Captain Miss Lara Marassa concluded the official proceedings, presenting gifts of thanks to Ms McCarthy and Mr Mundine.

the RIVER bled and the PLC Sydney Student’s Photographic Prize continues until May 18,
weekdays 8.30 am – 4.00 pm, and during PLC Sydney Open Day & Fair, Saturday 7 May 10.00 am – 4.00 pm.

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Attendees at the Exhibition: Ms Marissa Andrews, PLC Sydney Indigenous Students Support Coordinator, and PLC Sydney Indigenous Students with Djon Mundine OAM and Teena McCarthy