In response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 'virtual' art galleries have been trending across the world, and for good reason. There's a lot to be said for being able to view past and present exhibitions as many times as you like, whenever you like!
The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) is just one of the many groups to seize this opportunity, with virtual spaces providing an innovative way for graduating Year 12 students to showcase their final year's major work.
By digitising what would have previously been on display in the VCA Artspace at the University of Melbourne, this virtual trend allows the students' creativity to be experienced by friends, family and art audiences the world over.
Titled 'Liquids and Non-Liquids', the VCASS virtual exhibition highlights the outstanding achievement of these student artists.
With several works inspired by the extraordinary year that was 2020, the VCASS virtual exhibition contains an entire year's worth of work from the school's Visual Arts graduates.
All 19 students created both an Art piece and a Studio Art piece, with the support of individual mentors. The works cover a wide variety of artistic mediums, from drawing and sculpture, to painting, fashion, textiles, and many interactive pieces.
Staged in an expansive, multi-roomed virtual gallery, backed by ambient background noises such as the distant rustling of people moving about the room, the experience is realistic.
Pulsing white floor markers help you to navigate the virtual art space while small blue icons next to each work are intended to be clicked on to reveal the artwork up close. This also provides the artist's name, the name of the work, and material used.
To view the 2020 Virtual Exhibition by VCASS Visual Arts students, visit the VCASS website.
The exhibition catalogue is also available to download.