Marking 20 years of excellence in art and design at Blue Mountains Grammar School

Blue Mountains Grammar School is celebrating the 20th year of its prestigious Art and Design Awards and Exhibition.

The exhibition showcases student artworks as well as Design and Technology projects from year 7 to year 12.

Dr Ken Marshall has partnered with Blue Mountains Grammar School for the past two decades for the exhibition.

"It has been wonderful to watch this event grow over the years into a staple in the BMGS community calendar," he said.

His generous contribution has enabled students to grow their creativity and encouraged passionate young minds to follow pathways into the art and design industry after school.

Blue Mountains Grammar School is home to an established Art and Design Centre equipped with state-of-the-art machinery and tools for students to bring to life their ideas. The Design and Technology department has an outstanding facility that allows students to participate in woodwork, laser cutting, 3D printing and coding. The Visual Arts department is in the process of unveiling its new digital film and photography studio.

Finnan O'Connor, year 12 Visual Art student, has been selected for ArtExpress to display his work in the annual exhibition featuring the top Visual Art students in NSW.

In 2020, BMGS was unable to open the exhibition to the public and instead recorded it for viewing online.

This year's judges, Dr Leo Robba and Scott Marsh, were impressed with the high calibre of work the students had produced this year.

Dr Robba, an exhibiting artist and Lecturer of Visual Communications and Design at Western Sydney University said "art is a place for one to be their true selves, and that's very important for high schoolers".

Scott Marsh also a practicing artist and was recently included in the Archibald exhibition. He said there was never a better time in history to be a visual artist or designer given we live in such a visual world that relies so heavily on the visual image.

The school thanked Derivan Art Supplies for its ongoing donation of art materials that are awarded as prizes as well as Joan Pitt for supporting the photography prize and Kathleen Kelly for her support of the painting prize.