NGV Masterclass 2021 – The Creative Journey

Rachel Curtis · July 26, 2021

Welcome year 11s to Masterclass 1, and year 12s to Masterclass 4, titled the Creative Journey – Why art?

Here is a smallish to-do list to get you prepped for the day.

What’s this masterclass all about?

What is art? Why create in the first place?

Since the first peoples on earth began documenting the world around them by drawing on cave walls Art has been and is about the unlimited capacity for humankind to dream, to create something from nothing, using the power of imagination. Creating art, using whatever chosen media (materials and technologies) and whether 2D or 3D, illustrative, textual, projected or performance, gives physicality and visual expression to one’s inner world. Art is used by some to document, to record the ‘zeitgeist‘- the spirit of the times, by others to problem-solve and explore any subject from identity to culture- from religion to the meaning of existence, from science to engineering, the relationship of humankind to each other and the outer galaxies, and then some. Art just ‘is’, and it can be anything you want it to be.

What role does a public gallery play?

The debate around this question is vast and globally all consuming, suffice to say that public galleries (depending on their mission) play a vital role in introducing art that ‘provokes’ thinking, that crucially reflect societal change, and that contribute to a society as a means of unification rather than “an engine of social and class distinction.”1. Matthew Arnold 1869.

The Triennial at the NGV, which is the focus of this year’s Creative masterclass, offers a visually arresting and thought-provoking view of the world at this time. Featuring new works that span geography, perspective and genre, the Triennial celebrates the work of some of the world’s most accomplished artists and designers, while also giving voice to emerging practitioners.

The Triennial is stupendous, some would say gob-smacking in scope and scale and vision. Simply amazing! This is your opportunity to grasp the importance of art to you, and what it could come to represent. Come with an open mind, and a new world awaits.

Special Thanks

We are incredibly grateful to our generous benefactor Krystyna Campbell-Pretty, who has made the collaboration between Skyline and the National Gallery of Victoria possible.

We are also incredibly grateful to the National Gallery of Victoria for providing enormous support in the form of their staff and gifts for our students.

Acknowledgement of Country

Skyline acknowledges Wurundjeri people as the Traditional Custodians of the country on which we work and we pay our respect to their elders past and present. Skyline encourages all of our community to learn about the Traditional Custodians of the land on which they live and work and to work toward reconciliation.

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