ENERGIES 2018 was exhibited at HOTA from 10 September to 10 October 2018.
ENERGIES 2018 profiles artwork from senior secondary schools across the Gold Coast, providing for many students their first opportunity to be exhibited within a gallery.
This exhibition has been running for over 30 years, helping launch the careers of many established Gold Coast artists like Michael Zavros, Rebecca Ross, Michael Candy and Abbey McCulloch.
The exhibition has become known for exploring issues important to younger generations such as body image, sexuality, psychology, environmental awareness and consumerism.
Artworks equally celebrate the diversity of technique and style being taught on the Gold Coast, as students are encouraged to experiment with materiality and try new forms of media. Like previous exhibitions, this year will contain a broad range of approaches including painting, installation, sculpture, drawing and digital.
Artists are selected by visual arts teachers from participating schools both state and non-state, however school affiliation is not identified within the exhibition space to provide a non-competition environment.
Saxon Wood, War is Hell 2, 2018 (detail), photograph. Image courtesy of the artist
Angeline Holley, Symbiosis, 2018, ink Painting with Still Life Object Photograph
Jack Wiki, You are what you eat, 2018 (detail), watercolour on paper. Image courtesy of the artist
Zac Gregory, Babies – Donald Trump, 2018 (detail), mixed media, oil pastel and synthetic polymer on paper. Image courtesy of the artist