The St Paul’s Art Show, encompassing The Archipaul Portrait Prize, is held annually and is inclusive in its mission, providing an opportunity for all Visual Arts students in the College to be represented. Created within the classroom as part of the curriculum the works on exhibit include the media of painting, etching, printmaking, skateboard design, jewellery design, digital and wet photography, sculpture, drawing and ceramics.
There are several prestigious awards for various works and skill levels but regardless of these, it is the inclusivity and community dimensions of the exhibition that are a highlight of the “Archies”. With students providing the Art and curating the exhibition, Year 10 students providing Music and the Catering by Year 11 Hospitality, the massive show of support given by the large number of students, families and friends visiting the exhibition it truly is an impressive demonstration of community spirit. Through the Art Show, the community are given an opportunity to see our students’ creativity, their problem solving, their hard work, their spirituality, their sense of playfulness, their skill, their imagining, their politics, their dreaming and their risk-taking... all coming to fruition.
Further, it is an opportunity for collegiality, where there is a chance to work with students in different contexts to our classroom, where the staff of St Paul’s can support one another, working selflessly to help make the evening a special community celebration. The exhibition is a wonderful testament to the talent and skills of both teachers and students at St Paul’s. The Art Show is held in August each year, all are welcome!