Manning Great Lakes Technology Display and Competition

Display: Josh Jones, teacher and organiser Ron Craig, Jess Hickey, Keren MacPherson, Andrew Young and Haddie Church.
Display: Josh Jones, teacher and organiser Ron Craig, Jess Hickey, Keren MacPherson, Andrew Young and Haddie Church.

The culmination of a year’s work is set to impress as the Manning Great Lakes Technology Display and Competition opens at Manning Regional Art Gallery.

From timber to textiles, metal to computers, the display showcases the work of high school students from Taree, Wingham, Forster-Tuncurry, Gloucester and Bulahdelah.

Gallery director Rachel Piercy said it is a great event to be able to host.

“The standard of work this year is fantastic,” she said.

The works are by students from years seven to 12 and the major works by HSC students include the presentation of their portfolios, giving the background behind their creation.

Students worked together to curate the display, which is on show from now until December 14.

Major prizes will be awarded to the winners of many categories, including junior Mandatory Technology through to senior Design and Technology subjects.

Projects include areas of wood working, metal working, design, engineering, graphics, electronics, furniture, textiles, STEM and many more.

The exhibition has been running for about 25 years and is organised and run by the local group of dedicated technology teachers from public and independent high schools.

The works will be judged prior to the exhibition opening and awards will be presented on Sunday, December 10 at 3pm.

Also showing at the gallery from December 1 is The Art of Wool, which explores the fusion of wool, fashion, fine art and farming.

“This is an outstanding exhibition –  from historic artworks to contemporary fashion, this show brings together art and fashion with a quintessential Australian feel,”  said Rachel.

“We have some very strong textile based artists and groups in the region and The Art of Wool is sure to inspire,” Ms Piercy said.

The summer-long exhibition, which runs until February, includes with significant Australian paintings, avant-garde fashion garments from the International Woolmark Prize archive at The Woolmark Company, and a host of wool-inspired activities.