Alumni Art Project

2020 Alumni Art Project Submissions - NOW OPEN

Expressions of interest are now invited for the 2020 Alumni Art Project. 

The Alumni Art Project seeks to engage Damascus College Alumni (including past students or staff from Sacred Heart College, St Paul’s College and St Martin’s in the Pines) in the life and community of Damascus College through producing a piece of art that explores the school’s motto ‘To Live By the Light of Christ’.

Launched in 2014, the College has engaged the services of an alumni each year to create a piece of artwork to be displayed in the Visitor Reception area of the College for a 12 month period. At the end of the initial 12 month period, the College will retain the artwork for display or storage in another location within the College.

Damascus College will pay a fee to the artist who has been commissioned to undertake the work.

The artist is chosen from a selection of nominations, by the College Leadership Team. If you would like to be considered for this project please send an email or letter, including samples of your work (pictures of) to:
   Korina Hegert
   Alumni & Development Officer
   1412 Geelong Road
   Mt Clear VIC 3350
   k.hegert@damascus.vic.edu.au

Deadline for your 2020 Alumni Art Project submission of interest is Monday 1st July, 2019.

The artist will be chosen and notified in August with the art piece and artists statement to be delivered to the College by mid November.


ALUMNI ARTISTS

  • 2015  Kim Anderson (Class of 1997)
  • 2016  Nareda Lewers (Class of 1996)
  • 2017  Peter Thomas (Class of 1992)
  • 2018  Seona Murnane (Class of 1995)
  • 2019  Amelia Johnson (Class of 2017)

2015 Kim Anderson2016 Nareda Lewers2017 Peter Thomas 2018 Seona Murnane2019 Amelia Johnson

2019 Alumni Art Project Artist Chosen

To Live By The Light of Christ – The Hands (2019) 
Paint on canvas
Artist – Amelia Johnson (Class of 2017)

ARTIST STATEMENT
Through my journey as a student at Damascus College, I was able to determine in my mind what it means ‘To Live By The Light of Christ’. For me the College motto means to give and love, unconditionally. The motto is demonstrated at Damascus through initiatives like the Timor Leste Immersion program, and fund raising efforts for projects like ‘Beyond Blue’, Caritas and St Vincent de Paul. The motto was demonstrated not just to me, but to countless members of our community. It was a message of acceptance, support and generosity.

After graduating from Damascus College in 2017, I spent the majority of my time in 2018 working. The two jobs I had, both in the community aid sector, widened my view of our country, and the many people who live and work here. These roles also showed me that the kindness and generosity that we are taught and see at a place like Damascus is a gift that we should take away with us, and one that we should aim to share and teach wherever we can. 

As I went through the process of creating my painting, I felt its meaning and message develop based on my experiences. I felt that by the end, the hands were able to communicate so much more than I had originally intended. 

My art piece shows two hands reaching out towards the viewer, in a manner that I think shows no urgency or need, but instead offering comfort. Personally I see these hands as giving, or hands that are willing to take away that which unnecessarily ties us down. These hands reach out from a wreath of Australian natives, including bush flowers and gum leaves, using muted and natural colours that I saw reflected all over the Damascus campus, and represent the place that I believe we came from. The actions we take are reflected best here, they are real and solid, not just ideas or pretty words. They are well grounded, and just like the Australian bush that surrounds us, will be here and will continue to have an impact on many lives for what will hopefully be many years to come. 

However, now that I have grown through my experiences working and outside of school, It is my hope that whoever views this work can find their own meaning in it, one that pertains to their circumstances, their own goals and passions. That this piece will bring them to contemplate what the Damascus College motto of “To Live By The Light of Christ” means to them.

Amelia Johnson

Alumni at Damascus College are defined as past students and staff of Damascus College and its foundation colleges, Sacred Heart, St Paul’s and St Martin’s in the Pines.