Artistic alumni shine in Pulse Perspectives exhibition

10 May 2022

Alumni from eight Catholic schools have been acknowledged for their artistic talents in the esteemed Pulse Perspectives 2022 exhibition, with former John XXIII College student Bailey Arundell taking out a top award.

Bailey was selected by submitted artists in this year’s exhibition as the winner of the Pulse Peer Award for his work Effeminate Flamboyance, taking home $2500 towards his future endeavours.

The exhibition, previously called Year 12 Perspectives, celebrates the creative efforts of 2021 visual arts graduates from 32 schools across WA through 49 works, including eight Catholic Education WA schools.

Exhibitors include former Trinity College student Rory Charles, one of the Wunambal Gaambera, Balangarra and Nykina peoples, whose work Memories of My People was inspired by his grandfather’s reflections of the frontier wars and massacres of their people.

Iona Presentation College alumni Ahleigha Davidson captured the confusion and memory loss that her grandmother experiences from dementia in her works Warning Signs. The two oil on wood paintings, complemented by a soundscape of recorded traffic, depict her grandmother and the beloved country home she was forced to leave.

Governor Stirling Senior High School graduate Tanami Dundas-Steedman took out the Editor’s Choice Award for her poignant two-part painting that confronts the issue of domestic violence.

The exhibition, which is now in its 30th year, will be open until July 24 at the Art Gallery of WA.

AGWA Curatorial Assistant Bahar Sayed said the exhibition gave “access into the minds of young people and explores the ambitions and concerns of their generation”.

“By looking back, we witness how a relationship with art and the experience of Pulse has impacted the lives of many people in a myriad of ways,” she said.

“It also allows us to recognise how society has shifted, changed and/or progressed; a necessary opportunity in this fast and ever-changing world.”

“(Pulse Perspectives gives us) access into the minds of young people and explores the ambitions and concerns of their generation”. 

Bahar Sayed, Art Gallery WA, Curatorial Assistant 

CEWA school exhibitors in Pulse Perspectives 2022

Bailey Arundell John XXIII College We’re All in the Same Boat
Bailey Arundell John XXIII College Effeminate Flamboyance
Luke Chapman Corpus Christi College 90s icon
Rory Charles Wunambal Gaambera, Balangarra and Nykina peoples Trinity College Memories of My People
Ahleigha Davidson Iona Presentation College Warning Signs
Sophie Kostkova Corpus Christi College good luck rabbit
Jasmin Naish Iona Presentation College Mini effusione cutis (My shedding skin)
Ruby Nunn Seton Catholic College Cowboys Don’t Cry
Martin Phan Ursula Frayne Catholic College HEADSPACE: The Inner Sanctuary of The Adolescent Mind
Bridget Walter Iona Presentation College W.A.S. Kohlbardi – Sheep Farm
Noa Williams St Mary MacKillop College Animals, Animals, We Are All Animals
Nathan Mahney Aquinas College Trashed
Mathew Cox Aquinas College Volare al’alba (Flying at dawn)

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