Top Arts 2020

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13 Mar 20 – 31 Jan 21

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Top Arts 2020 celebrates the exceptional and thought-provoking work of VCE Art and VCE Studio Arts students. Drawn from a range of media, topics, schools and students, Top Arts 2020 is part of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s annual showcasing of excellence. Students communicate their passion and dedication as they capture the contemporary local and global issues. Themes of identity, the environment, mental health, innovation, ethics and many others are explored, interrogated and expressed in creative ways. Audiences are treated to a taste of what captures the imagination and concerns of tomorrow’s artists.

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Curator’s Overview

Join curator David Menzies on a tour of Top Arts 2020




Shortlisted Students

The work of the following students was shortlisted by the selection panel but not chosen in the final selection for the exhibition.


Camille Allen
Fitzroy High School, Fitzroy North

Lucy Asquith
Goulburn Valley Grammar School, Shepparton

Augusta Bandelli
Castlemaine Secondary College, Castlemaine

Jack Barnard
De La Salle College, Malvern

Isabella Besen
Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Southbank

Sam Brough
Dromana College, Dromana

Harry Cain
Highview College, Maryborough

Dougal Campion
Northcote High School, Northcote

Nina Carden
Princes Hill Secondary College, Carlton North

Mali Cohen
Swinburne Senior Secondary College, Hawthorn

Tristan Contreras
Mazenod College, Mulgrave

Sara Cope
Galen Catholic College, Wangaratta

Madalene Craig
Genazzano FCJ College, Kew

Kiara Cristiano
Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Oakleigh

Scarlett Cummane
Eltham College, Research

Sophia Cuthbertson
Melbourne Girls’ College, Richmond

Ashley Daou
St Leonard’s College, Brighton East

Celia Davidson
Wesley College, Prahran

Ruby Dawson
Mildura Senior College, Mildura

Sam Day
Melbourne Grammar School, Melbourne

Lucca de Clario-Davis
Princes Hill Secondary College, Carlton North

Monique Dinon
Mullauna College, Mitcham

John Dommisse
St Kevin’s College, Toorak

Ashleigh Duffy
Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Jasmine Exton
Rutherglen High School, Rutherglen

Josh Farmer
Camberwell Grammar School, Canterbury

Gabrielle Freeman
Mount Scopus Memorial College, Burwood

Jenny Fuimaono
Waverley Christian College, Narre Warren South

Olivia Graham
Siena College, Camberwell

Isabel Greenslade
Shelford Girls’ Grammar, Caulfield

Shivani Gupta
Camberwell Girls Grammar School, Canterbury

Cooper Hardess
Bairnsdale Secondary College, Bairnsdale

Kate Healey
Huntingtower School, Mount Waverley

Emily Hoey
Surf Coast Secondary College, Torquay

Surina Jogi
Wonthaggi Secondary College, Wonthaggi

Ned Johnson
Woodleigh School, Langwarrin South

Toby Johnston
Xavier College, Kew

Elizabeth Kelly
Upwey High School, Upwey

Olivia Kourambas
Sacré Cœur, Glen Iris

Tijana Kovac
Mount Erin College, Frankston South

Chantelle Ly
Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Southbank

Zhana Maticevski-Shumack
Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Southbank

Johann Meyer
Padua College, Mornington

Andriyani Millie
Genazzano FCJ College, Kew

Shreya Mishra
Lauriston Girls’ School, Armadale

Katherine Murrell
St Catherine’s School, Toorak

Savanah Murtough
Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Southbank

Katie Nguyen
Catholic Regional College Sydenham, Sydenham

Minh-Hoa Nguyen
Catholic Regional College Sydenham, Sydenham

Charlotte Pagotto
Strathmore Secondary College, Strathmore

Christian Perin
Strathmore Secondary College, Strathmore

Danny Pham
Laverton P-12 College, Laverton

Cate Rausz
Mentone Grammar, Mentone

Rose Ree
Mount St. Joseph Girls’ College, Altona

Alice Sabouraud
Glen Eira College, Caulfield East

Tegan Schiller
Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College, Canterbury

Sunday Sime
Princes Hill Secondary College, Carlton North

Lilly Skipper
Catherine McAuley College, Bendigo

Nicholas Soppi
Westbourne Grammar School, Truganina

Zoe Thomas
Geelong Grammar School, Corio

Ilanda Tran
Box Hill High School, Box Hill

Aristidis Tsoulakos
St Bede’s College, Mentone

Stephanie Vieceli
Presentation College Windsor, Windsor

Frances Waite
Albert Park College, Albert Park

Declan Woolf
Camberwell Grammar School, Canterbury

Elizabeth Zagarella
Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School, Essendon

Exhibition Introduction: Top Arts 2020
Student Interviews
Watch and listen to exhibiting students talk about their work, ideas and inspiration.

Tips & Questions

Folio Tips

Deakin University presents:
Top Arts 2020: VCE focus questions and folio tips
Message from Deakin University
Deakin University, Major Partner
A message of congratulations from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Iain Martin.