Thirteen is anything but unlucky for ARTEXPRESS

Art Express

15 May 2017

ARTEXPRESS at the Armory has celebrated its thirteenth year of outstanding success at Sydney Olympic Park with w ell over 10,000 patrons attending the 2017 exhibition, including 3,302 secondary school visual arts students.

With more than 400 guests eagerly attending opening night on 27 February, the exhibition closed on a positive note on Anzac Day with an overall visitor satisfaction rate exceeding 95%, confirming the annual exhibition’s appeal with the general public and art aficionado’s alike.

ARTEXPRESS at the Armory presents outstanding artworks from the New South Wales 2016 Higher School Certificate Visual Arts examination. This year’s exhibition featured a mix of regional and metropolitan schools, including two works from our near neighbours at Strathfield Girls High.

The theme for the 2017 exhibition was Wild things. Curator, Danielle Gullotta, said “Wild things presents a survey of artists that have found inspiration from the untamed wilderness, natural phenomena, the animal world, human entangled relationships and the structures of contemporary society.”

ARTEXPRESS is now firmly established as a signature arts event here at the Park and together with the popular Operation Art and Designing Your Future exhibitions, demonstrates the Authority’s commitment to programs that bring art and education together in publically-accessible ways.

The heritage-listed Armory Gallery is a wonderful venue for ARTEXPRESS at the Armory, or indeed any of the dozens of other exhibitions held there over the years, a former ammunition storage facility now repurposed into a dedicated arts space, the Armory Gallery features the longest unbroken hanging wall in NSW, a must when displaying artworks in large numbers during major exhibitions such as Operation Art or ARTEXPRESS at the Armory.

Sydney Olympic Park Authority continues to work closely with partners The Department of Education and the NSW Education Standards Authority to provide opportunities for young people. This includes supporting the educational achievements of New South Wales students through the facilitation of the Armory Gallery, an educational resource for school students to enable intellectual growth and development.