Art and Exhibitions
The Living Justice Portrait Project 2020-21
The Living Justice Portrait Project is an initiative of St. Joseph’s College in Echuca. The intention of the project was to engage an artist to produce a set of portraits that would both celebrate Art and Culture and become a way of keeping the story of the Brigidine Sisters alive in the minds and hearts of all those who form part of the College community.
With the support of the College Leadership Team, Artists were called to submit proposals to create 3 portraits of our patrons; Saint Brigid, Daniel Delany & Nano Nagle, who each embody the story of living justice.
There was an overwhelming response by a range of high-caliber artists interested in being involved. After a lot of deliberation, artist Alisha Ryan was selected to create the portraits.
Every fortnight Alisha touched base with a portrait group at St. Joseph’s College, to check in on ideas and provide updates on the artworks. The group identified early that permission or approval needed to be sought from the local Aboriginal community for Alisha to paint the cultural representations that were to form a port of the portraits.
Troy Firebrace seemed the most perfect choice for consultation. Troy is a Yorta Yorta man, a practicing artist, and is an Aboriginal Education Officer for the Catholic Education Office Sandhurst. He also consults on creative projects to oversee cultural sensitivities.
Troy attended one of the portrait online meetings and what evolved from there was beyond expectations.
Troy and Alisha began collaborating, consulting, and sharing their stories as the artworks were being created. Troy invited Alisha to share his studio space for a session so that they could work side by side, and this was reciprocated when Troy visited Alisha’s home studio so that they could continue to share space and creative processes.
The artists’ studio sessions involved sharing of rituals; a smoking ceremony upon Alisha’s arrival to Troy’s studio. Lighting of Alisha’s eternal flame and working under the Saint Brigid cross that she had made from reeds when Troy entered Alisha’s creative space.
The creative process took place over 3 months I think you’d agree that the resulting portraits are evocative, intriguing and beautiful.
The three portraits speak of what it means to live justly and have fulfilled the college’s wish to prompt conversation about their patrons.
There are multiple stories within each artwork that speak of justice and provide examples of living that are selfless.
The narratives of each patron as depicted by Alisha and Troy, are bound by the impact that they have had in the formation of St. Joseph’s College in Echuca.
The way Alisha and Troy collaborated to express the formation and creation of the land that we are a part of is truly beautiful. They remind us that nothing can exist without creation of land and that the care for our environment and people is an uplifting experience.
The artworks are rich in story and cultural symbolism and importantly, they speak of something that is attainable. Brigid, Daniel and Nano were people who aimed to live in the image of Jesus. Their missions were to help vulnerable people and they always put the needs of others before their own.
These artworks remind us how wonderful it feels to prioritise humanity and the environment. How beautiful and sacred Country is and how goodness radiates from living in the image of Jesus.
We hope that these portraits engage our students and community in meaningful, thoughtful dialogue about who we are, where we come from and where we are going.
2020 Virtual Art and Technology Exhibition
2020 has seen us re-think how we do many things, including present and celebrate student artworks.
The End of Year VCE Exhibition usually takes place at a venue and is on display for a limited time only. The benefit of this year’s virtual exhibition is its permanence.
Please visit the virtual exhibition by clicking through the link below. It does take a few minutes to load so please wait. We think it’s worth it.
Tips for viewing the virtual VCE Art Exhibition
The exhibition works best when viewed on a laptop or if on a phone, through the Artsteps App.
Download on the App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/artsteps/id1421672085?ls=1
Download on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gr.dataverse.artstepsv2
- Expand the exhibition so that you are viewing it full screen.
- Move around the exhibition space by navigating the steps with the walking icon. (It might take a bit to get used to but after a few minutes you will get the hang of it.)
- To stop moving and view and artwork, please click on an artwork.
- Artsteps will orientate you to be in front of the work.
- The artists name and description will appear.
- Close the information box to continue exploring the exhibition.
- To go inside the gallery space, orientate your walking icon to move through the doors.