Transit Lounge Celebrates Artistic Journeys

The College community has gathered for the opening night of the Transit Lounge exhibition, a celebration of our VCE Art and Design students' creative journeys.

The Transit Lounge opened at the Keith Humble Centre on Tuesday 23 October, showcasing a stunning and broad collection of creations across all three levels of the centre.

The Transit Lounge reflects students' creativity, dedication, perseverance, grit, diversity, thinking, problem-solving and passion. It signifies their artistic journeys during their time at College and over the past year, as well as celebrating a journey that's about to start.

Guest speaker Greg Smith, who has mentored many arts students over the years, spoke of the importance of the arts in an ever-changing world. "Over my long teaching career, I have sat and listened to many experts who propose that, now more than ever, the skills that our students will need in their future lives are the very ones that are intrinsic to art and design. Initiative, creative problem-solving, innovation, the resilience to work through failures to find new solutions, and the ability to cope with change. The folios you see here are textbook illustrations of just such skills and processes," he said.

He concluded with: "Long live the dreamers. The world needs you more than ever."

A series of award winners were also announced on the night. The Year 11 Encouragement Awards were presented to:

  • VCE Art (Painting) Cavalier Encouragement Award: Tillie Marshall-Ramsay
  • VCE Art (Photography) Roydhouse Camerahouse Encouragement Award: Philippa Walpole
  • VCE Media Encouragement Award: Audrey Ng
  • Product Design & Technology Matthews Timber Encouragement Award: Nick Burke
  • Studio Arts/Textiles Heights Sewing Centre Encouragement Award: Matilda Doery
  • Visual Communication & Design Cavalier Encouragement Award: Zoe Sandner

Lily Gilby received the Peter Oulton Rosson Memorial Award for a Year 11 Design or Creative Arts student who has displayed excellence in endeavour and skill.

The Principal's Acquisitive Art Prize, which dates back over two decades, was presented by Dr Peter Miller to Tyler McHarry this year. Tyler's "Pavillion for Main Oval, Geelong College" wonderfully encapsulates skill, accuracy, contemporary digital technologies and manual craftsmanship.

The exhibition is open from 10am to 6pm on weekdays and 10am to 4pm this Saturday and Sunday, until Thursday 1 November.

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