QVMAG Arts Foundation awards student 2022 ArtRage medallion

Today, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery will celebrate the recipient of the 2022 ArtRage student medallion. 

Currently on display at the Art Gallery at Royal Park, ArtRage features over 100+ student works from high schools and colleges across Tasmania. 

Now in its 28th year, ArtRage is an annual initiative of QVMAG to showcase the year's top selection of budding Tasmanian artists in years 11 and 12 studying Art Production or Art Studio Practice as part of their Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE). 

In 2020 the QVMAG Arts Foundation, developed a new award to acknowledge emerging student artists who significantly contribute to the fine arts in Tasmania. 

Each year, one student is chosen by the exhibition curator to be awarded a medallion, featuring a limited-edition artwork, donated by Tasmanian artist Michael McWilliams. 

In 2023, the Medallion was awarded to student Anabelle Zeeman from The Hutchins School in Hobart for their work titled, Untitled (2022). 

“The aim of my artwork was to capture the light and beauty of the natural landscape,” Anabelle said.  

“Receiving this medallion makes me feel honoured that my art has been recognised by such well-known and respected artists.” 

City of Launceston Mayor Danny Gibson said it was wonderful to see such a deserving emerging artist take out the 2022 medallion. 

"Anabelle's work is a beautiful display of Tasmania's unique landscapes," Cr Gibson said. 

"The medallion is an important opportunity associated with ArtRage each year, as it provides a platform to highlight the work of emerging artists and nurture young Tasmanian talent." 

Exhibition curator Patrick Sutczak said it was a brilliant opportunity to be guest curator of the 2022 exhibition. 

"It was a great experience to discover and collect works from student artists state-wide in the development of ArtRage," Sutczak said. 

"To award Anabelle with the 2022 QVMAG Arts Foundation award is fantastic; Untitled (2022) is an outstanding work featured this year. 

"I hope that the awarding of this medallion encourages Anabelle to continue developing her great talent." 

ArtRage is on display at the Art Gallery at Royal Park until 11 April 2023 with free entry.