The rise of one of Australia’s great artistic success stories, ARTEXPRESS, the annual exhibition of the work of HSC art students, is the subject of a new three part series starting tomorrow on TVS Digital 44 at 8.30pm.
Narrated by former participant and Archibald Prize winner Ben Quilty, the ARTEXPRESS series runs over three weeks and explores the history of the participants and the stories behind their creations.
Many ex-ARTEXPRESS participants have forged impressive careers, such as Mr Quilty.
Viewers will be given an inside tour of Mr Quilty’s studio and see interviews with former ARTEXPRESS entrants such as film producer Paul Riggio and photographer and artist Simone Douglas, now both based in New York.
Starting as an exhibition moving around New South Wales on the back of newspaper delivery trucks, ARTEXPRESS now attracts audiences around the world.
The works chosen for ARTEXPRESS are selected from 9,500 Higher School Certificate submissions, with the NSW Department of Education and communities selecting the shortlist of 500 works from ceramics, drawings, paintings, photography, sculptures and videos.
The series gives viewers the story behind the art, interviews with students and the painstaking selection and curation process.
The series co-producer Rachel Bentley describes ARTEXPRESS as a window into the adolescent mind.
The ARTEXPRESS series was produced by Mrs Bentley and Scott Richardson in association with Television Sydney, TVS Digital 44.
Television Sydney and the University of Western Sydney are sponsors of ARTEXPRESS.