Every year, the Art Gallery of Western Australia exhibits work by some of the best, brightest and most talented graduating high school artists in its Year 12 Perspectives exhibition.

Between March and July 2018, 55 works by students from across the State were showcased, spanning a variety of subject matter and media, from painting and drawing to sculpture, digital moving image, photography and textiles.

The Museum of Freedom and Tolerance has created this online gallery so that we can continue to display a selection of powerful artworks and voices that speak to themes of cultural diversity, home, belonging and migration, and that recognise the importance of acknowledging history in the context of future reconciliation.

We believe art remains one of our most powerful forces of social change, and in the work of storytellers that fearlessly address issues of race and religion in the quest for a more inclusive, tolerant and pluralistic society.

Inheritance, Acrylic on MDF

Michaela Savage, St Mary’s Anglican Girls School

Winner of the Act-Belong-Commit People’s Choice Award.

“While travelling on my third community service trip to remote Indigenous communities in Central Australia, and then to Laos, I experienced undeniably similar stories told by these two different people. Both told of dangerous legacies left by foreign powers with which the local communities must then cope alone. In Australia this was the case with the British who tested nuclear bombs at Maralinga (South Australia) and in Laos, the dumping of unexploded cluster bombs by the Unites States during the Vietnam War.”

 

 

Are we there yet? Acrylic on canvas

Tinsey Jones, Mindarie Senior College

“My work Are we there yet? Is the depiction of my childhood travels between my parents’ home countries.  I felt at times like I was bouncing between the Philippines, South Korea and Australia.  Only now as a seventeen year old do I really appreciate the cultures I have been able to experience that have shaped me.”

 

 

Mind over matter Oil on mdf

Kimberley Lin, Santa Maria College

“Life is a dance between making it happen and letting it happen.  I aim to discuss the struggle that comes with great responsibilities, presenting an individual positioned to overcome this.  As a youth, I try to understand this through visual expression and interpretation. Introspection, angst and the intent to ‘break free’ is communicated in the use of tone and the colour scheme, further emphasised by centralising the subject against a plain background.”

 

 

The stage, the audience Oil on canvas

Kitman Yeung, Applecross Senior High School.

“The twenty-first century has been a period of technological evolution, where people are now communicating faster, but physical interactions are often neglected.  The intention of my work is to encourage the preservation of familial ties by depicting a celebratory atmosphere of a Chinese family gathering. The repetition of circular shapes is symbolic of the Chinese belief of wholeness and connectivity.”

 

 

Rutendo, ‘Faith’ Mixed media and oil on canvas

Yanni Sng, Corpus Christi College

“The aim of my piece was to highlight events in global history which have been overlooked.  One such event was the 1904 Herero and Namaqua genocide, which occurred in the south-west African country of Namibia.  My piece was named after my friend Rutendo, whose name translates from Shona to mean ‘Faith’.  She features in the lower left hand corner of the composition.”

 

 

Invasion of culture Watercolour pencil on MDF

Jennifer Doman, John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School

“My drawing focuses on the cultural divide that I feel exists between my traditional Asian heritage and Western culture, and technology, that are all part of my life.  My mother believes I am rebellious towards the traditional eastern values.  By standing in traditional Thai robes in my contemporary kitchen I hope to create a contrast in my drawing symbolising how my mother’s ideals feel out of place in my life.  My work was influenced by the drawings of Emily Artful as I was drawn to her stylised approach to drawing.

 

 

Melancholia dreaming Oil paint on canvas and perspex

Tal Levin, Carmel High School

“The purpose of my piece is to use art to bring to attention that colonisation is not just a tragedy of the past, but has continuing effects on the lives and culture of Indigenous Australians today.  I sought to present a symbolic representation of an Indigenous Australian, Clifton Bieundurry, in order to challenge the complacent and ignorant attitude of white Australia toward our colonial past, which I believe is preventing the progress of Indigenous rights and recognition today.”

 

 

Jalan Penang Colour pencil on paper and watercolour on paper

Rachel Raphael, Corpos Christi College

“’When you drink water, think of its source; gratitude for blessings and their well-spring.  Don’t forget where your happiness comes from.  Be grateful for all your blessings!’  This Chinese proverb about never forgetting your roots, inspired me to reflect on my birthplace of Malaysia in my work.  After moving to Australia eleven years ago, I have a profound fear of growing apart from my Asian identity and cultural connection.

 

 

Four places, one face Clay scratchboard

Grace Hogan, Swan Christian College

“The idea conveyed in the work is about multiculturalism, with a particular focus on women.  I have used four different segments of four different faces from different women around the world.  I selected portraits of women wearing culturally significant adornments such as a floral hairpiece or tribal face paint designs, so that each is culturally unique.  I wanted to showcase the wide-ranging beauty of different ethnicities of women around the world, as well as to appreciate the many cultures.”