Top Arts 2019

Fri 22nd March, 2019 – Sun 14th July, 2019
Ground Level, NGV Design Studio
NGV Australia, Federation Square
The yearly highlights reel of the state’s best emerging artists.

The annual Top Arts exhibition might be celebrating its 25th birthday, but most of the artists in this lively showcase aren’t even 18 yet.

This year’s 49 works are the best of 2000 submitted by 2018 VCE Art and Studio Arts students from across the state. It’s a highlights reel of up-and-coming artists in Victoria.

The subject matter is diverse, exploring topics such as transgenerational grief, accelerating climate change and unchecked consumerism. And the mediums span painting, sculpture, installation, fashion and video art.

Highlights include Aretha Brown’s Time is on our side, you Mob, 2018, a powerful self-portrait of the young Indigenous woman and the lingering trauma of the Stolen Generation. Through portraits of his grandparents, Marcus Begutter chronicles the changing mental states of a war-camp survivor and dementia sufferer in Wizened, 2018.

Kristy Fedoro’s digital print, Little Racoon, 2018, shows the childlike wonder in a young man with pink hair topped with a set of racoon ears, and Nicholas Gilbert’s STORM, 2018, is a wearable artwork mimicking a tornado fed by human inaction on climate change.

Open 10am to 5pm daily.

More information here.