TAFE NSW graduating artists on show at Tree-O Gallery

The TAFE NSW student artists whose work features in the ‘All Mixed Up’ exhibition showing at Tree-O Gallery in Raleigh.

‘ALL Mixed Up’, a collaborative exhibition of work by graduating students from TAFE’s Diploma of Visual Arts and Ceramics course, is showing at Tree-o Galley in Raleigh from 15 to 22 June 2024.

The Coffs Coast student artists will be present for an opening celebration on Saturday 15 June from 4-6pm.

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The exhibition works are a culmination of the news skills learned over the past eighteen months, during which each student artist has developed their own individual creative practices.

There’s 2D and 3D works on show, spanning functional and sculptural objects.

Looking ahead to the exhibition Tree-O Gallery owner Bim Norton told NOTA, “Tree-O has had a break from holding new exhibitions for the last eight or nine months, and so when I was asked by TAFE to hold their exhibition it was an opportunity to jump back into the exhibition arena, and to do it for the graduating students feels fresh and exciting.”

TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Media, Arts, Design and Entertainment, Sara Bowen, said the visual arts and ceramics courses provide students with “fantastic practical skills”.

“Many local artists began their journey at TAFE and now have established studios all over the Coffs Coast.”

A rising consumer preference for handmade and artisanal products has been witnessed locally by the arts department.

This collective shift towards distinct designs and craftsmanship and away from the mass produced, has not only led many people to take up creative courses, but there is also a greater appreciation of unique and locally produced artwork in the community.

“Creative courses such as ceramics or visual arts can be an antidote to our fast paced, screen-based way of life with a calming and therapeutic effect on the brain,” said art teacher Cath Fogarty.

“It’s easy to see why people get hooked.”

Recent graduate Olivia Horsley said the Diploma of Visual Arts was a “stepping stone to university” for her.

“I have gained a lot of confidence through developing my skills and broadening my art practice.”


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