SAC Shares Art with the Community
Posted: September 7, 2012
For the first time ever, St Andrew’s College is sharing its wonderful art collection beyond the gates of the college.
This landmark gallery show, at the Aurora Cultural Centre (ACC), marks the first time that the collection has been exhibited off-campus. Laura Schembri, executive director of the ACC, notes: “This community partnership allows us to showcase the work of current students, Old Boys and faculty – and to highlight a unique perspective of being an Andrean and an Auroran.”
The show, which opened September 6 and runs until October 6, showcases the very best of the Andrean art collection and is the culmination of a year-long preparation.
Tino Paolini, Head of Visual Arts at SAC, and Sue Hayter, the School’s librarian and archivist, collected the works for this show. The process brought about moments of nostalgia as Tino reflected upon the emotions that arose in each piece. “Every picture tells a story. Looking at these works up-close again brought back powerful memories….memories of watching these young men working on a painting, or discussing ideas for composition, or helping them with difficult decisions."
“The collection looks breathtakingly beautiful” says Sue Hayter. “To see the very best of our art displayed together in this wonderful space is just amazing. The show has broad appeal … if you have a connection to SAC or to the local community, or if you simply enjoy art, you will find something in this show that appeals to you.”
Tino says that having viewed so many of the pieces from concept to completion is a way of paying tribute to the considerable talent of the people who produced them. "We are very proud of having known them.”
There will be a reception at the Aurora Cultural Centre on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 7-9 p.m. Please be sure to mark the date on your calendar and bring your friends and family out to support this wonderful cultural event.
The Aurora Cultural Centre is located at 22 Church Street, Aurora. Opening hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and evenings (by chance if other activities are on). The Centre is fully accessible; elevator entrance at the north doors.