You may already know artists such as Anya Brock, through her colourful murals of animals and people that can be found on walls in Fremantle and Perth, or Abdul Abdullah whose portrait of political commentator Waleed Aly, was nominated for an Archibald Prize in 2011. Both of them along with Tane Andrews (sculptor), Raoul Marks (designer/animator), Kira Goody (footwear designer) and Marika Brock (photographer) are graduates of the Applecross Senior High School Gifted and Talented Visual Arts Program.
The program began in 1968 and was the first of its kind in the state. As this year is the 50th anniversary of the program, the school is holding an Arts Open Day on Saturday 7 April where visitors can observe the students at work in the art studios.
The students will be working under the tutelage of artists such as Ross Potter, Daniela Dlugocz, Olga Cironis, Stephanie Reisch, Bernard Taylor, Mardi Crocker, Elena Bollweg, Rhiannon Walker, Mardi Crocker, Hanae Meyer, Miles Carpenter, Ros Cadee and Sheryl Chant.
This will be a morning out that the whole family can enjoy as there will be art activities for all ages, art demonstrations and art stalls. In addition, there will be performances from the senior music ensembles and drama rehearsals. To add to the enjoyment of the day, food trucks with coffee, lunch and other reasonably priced snacks will be available.
So whether you have a child in your family who is interested in the Arts, you are a former student of the Visual Arts Program or Applecross Senior High School, or a member of the community, we would love you to come and be part of the day with us.