Annabelle Smith is delighted to be involved in the IGGS and IGS visual art exhibition at USQ Ipswich.
Annabelle Smith is delighted to be involved in the IGGS and IGS visual art exhibition at USQ Ipswich.

Student art on show at USQ for a week

IPSWICH Girls' Grammar School student Annabelle Smith will cap off an incredible journey of self-discovery and personal growth when her artworks are unveiled at the University of Southern Queensland Ipswich tonight.

As part of her school's annual visual art exhibition, Miss Smith's first piece, titled The Evolution of Thought, explores the notion that certain experiences and beliefs forge one's character.

Her other piece, The Bottom of the Political Pyramid, raises awareness about the struggles of farmers, something close to her heart.

Miss Smith, a boarding student from the small town of Rolleston, worked on the pieces for several months and was delighted to see them on display.

"I'm very passionate about art and was pleased to have the chance to express myself and share my views," she said.

"It's very important to me that people know what is happening in the rural areas and how tough life is for some farmers. I hope people enjoy the exhibition and are touched by some of the wonderful artworks on display."

Now in its 11th year, the thought-provoking exhibition will showcase artwork from 25 Year 12 visual art students from IGGS and Ipswich Grammar School (IGS).

IGGS teacher-in-charge of art Paula Lange said she was proud of her students for creating personal and very powerful works.

"Working in a post-modern style, the students have completed artworks that address various social, economic and political issues across a range of different media," she said.

"The students were asked to make a statement about their artworks to communicate their ideas and views to the audience."

Mrs Lange said coming to view the exhibition would give visitors the chance to see what issues are most important to the next generation.

"Teenagers often have different ideas and opinions than adults," she said.

"They are socially and politically aware and because the students had to research their topics, it's not just about the aesthetics of the composition."

People are welcome to view the exhibition at USQ Ipswich until October 30.



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