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Student artwork to feature at GOMA

The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is well known for displaying a high calibre of artwork that entices thousands to visit its gallery each year. Many artists dream to share their work in such a gallery.

This dream has become a reality for seventeen year old Kianah Davis. The St Mary’s College student was recently announced as an Excellence Award winner in the 2018 Creative Generation Excellence Award in Visual Art.

This is an exceptional achievement, with only 38 student works being selected from 447 submissions from state and non-state schools across Queensland.

Mrs Franz, the Cultural Team Leader from St Mary’s was thrilled to hear that Kianah’s artwork had been selected. “Kianah worked very hard on her piece which is a true reflection of her artistic talent,” stated Mrs Franz.

Mrs Franz received the wonderful news from the Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations Grace Grace.

“Kianah’s work optimises the program’s objectives — displaying a degree of sophistication in concepts, diversity of technical competence, and a high standard of visual art education in Queensland secondary schools,” stated Hon. Grace Grace MP.

Kianah feels that art creates and connects us to our culture.  Kianah is of Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung descent.

“This piece represents my connection to my Aboriginal heritage and country which creates a sense of place,” shared Kianah.

“The tree is my connection to the land and the footsteps represent my ancestors who walked the land before me. Through their guidance and wisdom my journey begins.”

“The circles represent the ring of river stones from which my family conduct smoking ceremony’s. Through this ceremony we discard the bad energy and cleanse our minds, body and spirit to be renewed for the future,” added Kianah.

It is safe to say that creative talent runs in Miss Davis’ family. “To make winning this award extra special, Kianah’s sister also was a winner in previous years,” said Kianah’s mother Charmaine Davis. “We look forward to visiting GOMA and we feel so proud of her artwork,” added Mrs Davis.

The artwork will be on display in 2019.