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Headspace 4

Facing Memory

Daily from Friday 19 September 2003 until Sunday 2 November 2003

Facing Memory: Headspace 4 provides us with valuable insights into the thoughts, creative processes and art-making practices of secondary students from Year 7 to Year 12 from sixty-two schools in the Australian Capital Territory, regional New South Wales and Victoria. Portraiture makes a powerful visual statement, no less so when it is made by secondary school students.

Checkered Past, 2003 by Alex Epoff
Checkered Past, 2003 by Alex Epoff

This year’s Headspace exhibition Facing Memory: Headspace 4 provides us with valuable insights into the thoughts, creative processes and art-making practices of secondary students from Year 7 to Year 12 from sixty-two schools in the Australian Capital Territory, regional New South Wales and Victoria. Portraiture makes a powerful visual statement, no less so when it is made by secondary school students.

At the National Portrait Gallery we are committed to education as a social process which enables young people to engage with themselves and their worlds. Through our collaboration with art teachers the Gallery offers students the opportunity to realise their own unique capabilities through portraiture as a valuable art form for the expression of ideas. Exploring the theme of memory students demonstrate a diverse range of responses through the concept of portraiture. We compliment the students and teachers who have contributed to producing the artworks.

Andrew Sayers, Director

9 portraits

1Looking Back, 2003 by Sarah Ashton. 2Untitled, 2003 by Anna King. 3Looking For Reasons, 2003 by Andrew Rees. 4Grace, 2003 by Caitlyn Hogan. 5Untitled, 2003 by Chris de Hoog. 6Chalking Up Memories, 2003 by Hannah Bull
. 7Self-portrait, 2003 by Jessica Gibson. 8Present, 2003 by Stephanie Downey.
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