Vancouver Arts Centre is hosting the inaugural Lorraine Harrison 3D Youth Prize and supporting exhibits from Viewpoint members on the theme “Interconnected”.
NASHS student Kia Joy Fuentebella won the inaugural $500 prize for her ceramic work “The Red String of Fate”.
It is of textured white clay with beautifully-controlled red, black and clear glazes used to express a romantic notion.
According to her artists’ statement the work depicts the interconnection of life and death between individuals who are soulmates.
Fuentebella said the red spider lilies represented death or the cycle of rebirth in Japanese culture.
Second prize ($250) went to fellow NASHS student Alina de Vos for an untitled wire and wood work in the form of two birds.
De Vos said it represented the interconnection of captivity and freedom.
Works by Talarah Pedrochi Roelofs and Shannon Ross were also highly commended.
Viewpoint Secretary Nadja Roelofs said the group generally had an exhibition every second year with a sale of work on the alternate year.
“We only ever display 3D work,” she said.
“In an attempt to provide an opportunity for young artists to display 3D work, we thought we would have a try this year, working really closely with Year 11 and Year 12 art teachers.”
Roelofs said they had a pleasing response with 24 entries from young people.
She said they named the inaugural prize after foundation member Lorraine Harrison, who was now in her mid-90s.