Advocating a playful and experimental approach to art, the underlying aim of this year's Top Arts exhibition is to create a space for people to explore the creative processes and ideas behind the work of young and emerging artists – and for VCE students to showcase their art for the first time.

The 2013 exhibition, which opened last week at NGV Studio, brings together a series of impressive artworks that move effortlessly between the mediums of drawing, sculpture, installation, painting, textile and fashion design, vibrantly showcasing the work of 43 emerging artists from schools across Victoria.

The installation is brimming with absorbing artworks and promise, with works exploring themes loosely based around identities, or cast from ephemera collected from personal experience.

The works on display transcend the expectations we place on school-age students. Kiri-Brito Meumann's highly pixelated ensemble of colour inkjet prints, which, when examined closely appear to be a minimal linear figuration of pixels, but when looked at from afar forms an entirely different image. Sondrine Kehoe's Women, meanwhile, uses film, performance and improvised dance to explore the physical implications of space, the body and the media.

Pop by the NGV Studio, or stay tuned for a range of programs including introductory talks by the exhibiting artists, student and teacher professional learning programs and an after-hours pop-up cafe on Thursday evenings during the exhibition.

Top Arts 2013 is free and is showing at NGV Studio, Federation Square, until July 7.

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