Northern Tasmanian college students hide and seek in exhibition

Foraging around forests, hunting for mushrooms inspired Sophia Evans, 17, as part of a youth design exhibition opening on Thursday.

The Scotch Oakburn College grade 11 student has been involved in Object Design, a University of Tasmania program unit aimed at college students.

Students from Hellyer College, Launceston Christian School, Launceston Church Grammar, Launceston College, Newstead College and Scotch Oakburn College all worked on projects to create an object or artwork to fit in the Hide and Seek exhibition.

“When you go on a mushroom hunt, you look for a flash of red,” Sophia said.

It was this flash of red, like a Amanita Muscaria mushroom, which peeked from under the grey woolen coat she made for the exhibition, while the Radiata Pine buttons created the connection as they were a symbiotic pair.

It took two weeks to create the piece with months of research to develop her theme, Sophia said.

University of Tasmania object design unit mentor Serena Rosevear said the exhibition was a fantastic opportunity for college student to undertake a professional brief and showcase their work to the public and other students.

“They get to learn conceptual thinking which they can use through out their life,” Mrs Rosevear said.

Exhibiting their work gave them a sense of validation for the hard work they put in while allowing them to approach the broad brief with creativity, she said.

  • The latest exhibition from Object Design, a UTAS College program unit, Hide and Seek will officially open on Thursday at 5.30pm at the Academy Gallery. The exhibition will run between September 28 until October 13.