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Arts awards announced at the Arts & Technology Festival


The 2019 Senior Art and Technology Exhibition showcased an awe-inspiring range of creative and skilled pieces by VCE students. The St Mary’s Hall was packed with a wide variety of work from Arts, Studio Arts, Media, Visual Communication Design and Product Design & Technology. A selection is included in the gallery below.

Creative Arts Captain, Blaze Houlden, read the Acknowledgement of  Country and welcomed students, staff, family and friends to the exhibition and awards ceremony:

“This evening is not only a way to showcase beautiful artworks, clever designs and competent skills across a range of platforms, it is also a recognition of the consistent effort and dedication it takes to work through a creative process. Pushing and forming ideas into something that will inspire for weeks, sometimes months. The journey includes learning new skills, exploration, failures and successes. It is about taking that initial idea and turning it into something special – making it be the best it can be, whether it be an artwork, a piece of design, video or a performance. To all the parents who have travelled through this process as well –  we thank you. We congratulate our arts and technology students for the dedication and effort they have displayed this year.”

The Awards were announced by Blaze and presented in St Mary’s Courtyard by arts and technology teachers.

We were delighted to welcome back Mrs Sharon Cruise, a long-time teacher of Art at our College. She spoke about the importance of arts education and the annual JRS Award (formerly the Marcia King Award). This award is donated and judged by Marcia King, a past student and professional artist. Marcia re-named the award last year to honour Josie Lowerson, Rhonda Alexander and Sharon Cruise who were her art teachers while at Catholic College Bendigo.


Cavalier Art Prizes

These prizes are donated by Cavalier Art Supplies. These are given in recognition of students who have shown consistent effort and determination towards their art study. Congratulations:

  • Dhurjang Deng who studied Studio Arts
  • Lachlan Kelly who studied Visual Communication Design
  • Taylor Lovell who also studied Visual Communication Design

Atelier Art Prize

This prize is donated by Atelier Art Supplies. This award is given in recognition of a consistent effort and determination shown towards the student’s art study. Congratulations:

  • Sadie Coughlan, who has studied and completed three art subjects this year.

Friends of the Bendigo Art Gallery Art Bursary (Margaret Bowden Memorial Award)

This is annual award is sponsored by the Friends of the Bendigo Art Gallery. It goes to a Year 11 student who is continuing with their visual art studies into Year 12, who has been active in the promotion of arts in the wider community and who is strong in their art studies. The prize consists of $400 plus a 12-month membership to the Bendigo Art Gallery. Congratulations:

  • Zak Rovers

The JRS Award

Formerly referred to as the Marcia King Award, Marica requested the name change to recognise the teaching staff who inspired and helped ignite her passion for the arts, Josie Lowerson, Rhonda Alexander and Sharon Cruise.

Marcia is active in her support of young artists and her generosity in providing this award each year is testament to that philosophy. The JRS Award is selected from graduating Year 12 students. The student selected must demonstrate strong talent in folio development and very high skills in the production of the final artwork. This award includes a personal cheque and the opportunity for mentorship in the future. In 2019, Marcia could not split the two students and would like both recognised for their amazing artworks. Congratulations:

  • Lilly Skipper
  • Sadie Coughlan

2019 Catherine McAuley College Acquisition Award

This is an annual award that is sponsored by Catherine McAuley College. It goes to a Year 12 student who has demonstrated excellence and passion in the production of their art folio. The acquired Congratulations:

  • Lilly Skipper

Camera House Media Award

This award is in recognition of a Year 12 Media student who has shown enthusiasm and dedication towards their studies. Congratulations:

  • Jeremy Ellis

Excellence in Product Design and Technology – Wood

The 2019 Award recognises a student who consistently applied himself to all aspects of the production of his product. His attention to detail was excellent and completed all technical processes with precision.  Congratulations:

  • Zack Shelton

Excellence in Product Design and Technology – Textiles

The 2019 Award acknowledges a student who has approached all aspects of the Textile curriculum in a positive manner and as the year progressed, so did her confidence and results. This student was well organized and committed to the successful completion or her garment. Congratulations:

  • Ashleigh Ripper

Congratulations to all the students on their creative efforts and a big thank you to arts staff, Mrs Amy Dickins, Mr Peter Hughes, Mr Hector Miller, Mrs Nicole Crone and Mr Glenn Solomons. Both the students and staff greatly appreciate the interest and support of their families and all those who the 2019 Arts and Technology Festival and Awards Evening.

Sadie Coughlan and Marcia King
Marcia King, Sharon Cruise and Lilly Skipper
Awards Ceremony in St Mary's Courtyard
Sharon Cruise, Guest Speaker
Award Winners
Marcia King, Sadie Coughlan and Sharon Cruise
Anais Mott
Ashleigh Ripper
Ashleigh Ripper
Taylor Lovell
Bailey White
Jayden Campbell
Dhurjang Deng and Sarah Keene
Dhurjang Deng
Harry Goldsmith - Media - screenshot from video
Jacob Aldred
Jeremy Ellis
Jeremy Ellis - Media - screenshot from video
Jeremy Ellis - Media - screenshot from video
Joseph McMahon
Lachlan Kelly
Lachlan Kelly
Lilly Skipper
Lilly Skipper
Lilly Skipper
Maximilian Goggin - Media - screenshot from video
Noah Rifat - Media - screenshot from video
Sadie Coughlan
Sadie Coughlan
Sadie Coughlan
Sadie Coughlan
Sadie Coughlan and Peter Hughes
Zac Rovers
Zac Rovers
Zack Shelton