22 August 2011
Visual Art students get market fresh
Three chandelier sculptures by RMIT University students will be installed at the Queen Victoria Market as part of a joint project between the two organisations.
Winner Ellah Blake's work, Spoons.
The three lucky Diploma of Visual Art students were announced as the winners of the F-Shed Chandelier Design Project at a special event last week.
Ellah Blake, of Fitzroy (1st place), Stacey Raymond, of Bentleigh (2nd place), Ellen Fairbairn, of Yarraville (3rd place) will see their eye-catching work on display in the market's F-Shed for the next five years.
As part of the project, 22 students were given a brief by the Queen Victoria Market to create a chandelier-style piece that could be installed in the market's F Shed to create a meeting spot for visitors.
All 22 students presented their work to Queen Victoria Market's CEO Jennifer Hibbs and the architects working on the project.
Ms Hibbs said she was pleased to be able support the students by offering them this opportunity. "The Market prides itself on being not only a stepping stone for small business, but also as an intrinsic part of cultural Melbourne," she said. "This project enabled us to support emerging artists and showcase the Market as a cultural icon as well as a retail experience."
Belinda Wilson, Program Manager, School of Art - TAFE, said the project had been a great opportunity for the students. "To get this kind of experience to work on a real life brief has been challenging and rewarding for every student involved," Ms Wilson said. "The students have learnt so much about designing a piece that reflects their artistic style but also suits the requirements of the client."
Media note: High-quality images of all three winning works are available.
For high-quality images and to arrange interviews: Roberta Mascitti, Marketing and Events Coordinator - RMIT University, (03) 9925 3435, 0408 545 883 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Misti Dullard, Marketing Manager - Queen Victoria Market, (03) 9320 5829, 0415 949 277 or email@example.com