Redland students shine in State arts awards

Four students from schools in the Redlands were among 16 students recognised with excellence, commendation and encouragement awards in the Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Arts announced on Sunday 11 September at the Redland Art Gallery.

Acting Redland City Mayor Wendy Boglary said the awards recognised the exceptional talent and creativity of students in the South East region.

“Congratulations to Olivia Simpson from Redlands College who received an excellence award for her work titled Superiority complex, an intriguing piece featuring two taxidermy animals enhanced by flowers and gold in glass displays,” she said.

Superiority complex by Olivia Simpson, Redlands College

Superiority complex by Olivia Simpson, Redlands College, received an excellence award.

“Olivia’s award-winning artwork will next feature in an exhibition at QAGOMA in 2017, along with works by six other students from the South East region who received awards of excellence.

“Congratulations also to Jenna Mitchell and Madeline Randall of Cleveland District State High School, and Vanessa Parisi of Ormiston College for their commendations.

“By recognising and promoting excellence in senior visual art education in Queensland, these awards help to raise community awareness of the high standard and technical competence of visual art education in state and non-state secondary schools.

The following students received awards of excellence:

  • Liliia Samysheva, AB Paterson College, Arundel
  • Lerry Lai, All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac
  • Ryley Johnson, Helensvale State High School, Helensvale
  • Max Dunlop, King’s Christian College, Reedy Creek
  • Olivia Simpson, Redlands College, Wellington Point
  • Holly Gibson, St Hilda’s School, Southport
  • Georgina Harvey, St Hilda’s School, Southport

Presented by the Department of Education and Training, in partnership with Redland Art Gallery, the regional exhibition showcases work by visual arts students from across the South East region, including 18 students from seven Redland schools. Visit for the complete list of award recipients and online gallery of student entries.

The Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Arts exhibition for the South East region continues at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, until Sunday 9 October.

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland is located on the corner of Middle and Bloomfield streets. Visit for more information about the gallery and its exhibitions.