The Gallery kicks off the term with two very special events

exhibition 6: art and design by six PLC Sydney alumnae

Opening Night at exhibition 6: (left to right) Mr Andrew Paxton, Mrs Janette Hanrahan (nee Savage), Miss Amelia Rand, Mrs Mia Joseph (nee Illias) and Ms Sophie Bray.

On Thursday 13 October the exhibition 6: art and design by six PLC Sydney alumnae was officially opened by Mrs Mia Joseph (Illias, 2009), President, PLC Sydney Ex-Students Union. 2023 Art & Design Captain Miss Amelia Rand was in attendance to begin the opening proceedings with an Acknowledgement of Country. Head of Visual Art Jo Knight then welcomed the visitors on behalf of Dr Paul Burgis and the College Community. Acting Curator Andrew Paxton followed, introducing the exhibition contributors: Janette Hanrahan (a student of Adelaide Perry), Sophie Bray (2003), Cate Caldis (2018), Jacquie Meng (2015), Lucy Humphrey (2000) and Lara Chapman (2010), a line-up he described as eclectic and representative of emerging and established practitioners in these fields.I'm a new paragraph block.

Opening Night: Mrs Maria Nastasi and Mrs Philippa Zingales at 6:

Guest speaker Mia Joseph congratulated the Ex-Students on their achievements and spoke fondly of her own experience studying at PLC Sydney from Kindergarten to Year 12. She discussed some of the themes that works in the exhibition explore – sustainability & the natural environment, contemporary identity & culture- and reflected on the universality of these investigations and considerations to a variety career paths PLC Ex-Students have taken. Mia then declared the exhibition open. Art & Design Captain Amelia Rand presented Mia with flowers in appreciation of her participation.

Book launch: Author Jo Oliver and College Archivist, Debby Cramer

Following the opening of 6:, the Gallery hosted its first ever book launch on Saturday 15 October,  with author and illustrator Jo Oliver, whose new biography Adelaide Perry, Artist and Teacher has just been released. To begin the event Art & Design Captain Miss Amelia Rand performed an Acknowledgement of Country followed by Ms Debby Cramer, College Archivist, who welcomed and introduced the author to a full house.

In attendance were Jim Jackson and Elizabeth Swan (Adelaide’s nephew and niece) as well as Gill Lumsden, whose pioneering research from the 1990s into the artist and teacher was invaluable to former Curator the late Anita Ellis in establishing Adelaide Perry Gallery in 2001. Following a presentation about the book, Jo Oliver invited guests to have their copies signed and afternoon tea was served.