“Inspiring. Amazing work, in quality and diversity.”
Cave ART judges Kirsha Kaechele (MONA) & Professor Peter Davies (UTAS)
The standard of the student works was incredibly high, and the judges spent several intense hours examining and discussing them in detail. Julia Parker from Smithton High and Sophie Ambler from Clarence High were joint winners of the Antarctic flight. It was decided that the girls should combine their skills to collaborate on an interpretation of their Antarctic experience.
The judges described Julia’s musical composition as “stunning work, showing very well developed musicality and compositional sensibility, with an ability to evoke space in sound.” Sophie’s audio-visual installation was judged as “visually arresting, and conceptually deep; it is fabulous, sending shivers up the spine, and demanding to be re-watched.”
All students received feedback on their works, and Pennicott Wilderness Cruises awarded additional prizes to four runner-ups who could easily have been standout winners in any other competition:
• Claudia Harris – “conceptually clever, beautiful and delicate”
• Kyle Fitzpatrick – “technically brilliant, detailed and thoughtful piece”; Director’s Choice winner
• Chloe Weatherhead – “careful, beautiful and extremely talented work”
• Olivia Howe – “a beautiful and elegant piece”
Special mentions were also given to Lachy Gregory, Blossom Kollo-Hay, Joey Nykiel, Cedrick Smith, and Poorniima Shanmugam. The full announcement of the results can be read here.
CAVE ART OPEN
Beyond the original Cave ART students, the 2014 Cave ART OPEN winner was Kira Ralph, from Sacred Heart College, for her Cave of Hands painting (below). Kira joined the other winners for their Antarctic flight. We’ll be giving away more Cave ART OPEN prizes in future, so teachers and students should watch this space!
ANTARCTIC EXPERIENCE 2014-2015
The Cave ART winners joined students from other programs on our ANTARCTIC EXPERIENCE, involving two days of visiting Antarctic research facilities in Hobart and video-conferencing with Antarctic expeditioners on the ice, before flying over the Antarctic continent themselves.
"Sending in my application for the Bookend Trust’s Cave ART Program was one of the best decisions of my life. I have benefited greatly from the entire experience and it has continued to open up a whirlwind of opportunities... I’ve been on ABC Radio twice, been tweeted about, offered work experience at MONA, a flight over Antarctica and the opportunity to collaborate with another young artist! The Cave ART program has kick-started my career." - Sophie Ambler
“We were all just buzzing with excitement. I would personally like to thank the Bookend Trust for creating this amazing opportunity for us, my teacher Mr Buchanan and everyone at Smithton High School. Without their support and encouragement, I wouldn’t have been able to have this amazing experience. It was so worth it and I would do it again in a heartbeat!” – Julia Parker
THE STORYTELLERS - Artworks and Descriptions (coming soon!)CAVE SEARCH TEACHING RESOURCES
EXPEDITION CLASS - check out the new look page and new projects for 2015!