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Public art is on the rise

31 May 2011

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Docklands has just experienced “Rising”, a student public art exhibition which returned to Victoria Harbour for a fourth year last month.

The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) students again challenged Docklanders’ perception of their precinct with some edgy works, including these guys (above) who spent May bobbing around in the harbour.

Rising: the Victoria Harbour Young Artist Initiative was an exhibition of public realm art installations from artists studying at the VCA’s sculpture and spatial practice.

It offers artists at the start of their careers, an opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of developing and exhibiting major works for public spaces.

Exhibiting artists
were:
Joe Robinson,
Oran Jacob,
Lewis Fidock,
Jeremy Eaton,
Sarah Jane Haywood and
Alana Jiruse.

Lend Lease’s Victoria Harbour project director Ellie Schwab said: “Lend Lease is extremely proud to be sponsoring this event which offers a unique opportunity for students to develop their skills in looking at environments and responding to this in the work they create.”

“It allows artists to produce new works in relation to the sites context, informing them of the conceptual parameters involved and performance criteria of artworks once situated in the public realm.” W

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