The Blanket Pilots

Fine Art Students from Hunter Schools High Performers Program 2014

Exhibition: 30 July to 9 August 2014
Opening: Thursday 31 July at 5.30pm

Blanket by Salem ShawSalem Shaw  Blanket (detail) 2014, mixed and digital media

Since 2003, the High Performing Students Program has been giving exceptional high school students the opportunity to get a 'taste' of university while still at school. The program is delivered at Merewether High School but is open to students from all schools, and aims to keep our best and brightest in the region.

Students enrol in first-year University courses, getting access to world class lecturers, online learning technologies, and library resources. There is a diversity of courses in areas ranging from Science and Engineering to Business, Fine Art, and Health. Practical industry experience is included when possible, so students may attend labs, excursions, and exhibitions.

When a course is successfully completed, students have the satisfaction of achieving new knowledge in an area of interest, and are also eligible for a credit transfer in a relevant university degree program.

In 2014, the program has included Fine Art for the first time, and students have produced an outstanding selection of work for exhibition in the University Gallery. The University of Newcastle is proud to support the region's high performing students and this inaugural exhibition of our students' work.

Featuring the work of:
Amanda Chan and Rachel Ditton – Merewether High School
Georgia Clifton, Skye Hobbs and Liam Johnston – Toronto High School
Isabelle Kenyon – Distance Education
Bonita Maher – ASC St Peter's Campus
Eliza Munro and Brianna Standen – Charlton Christian College
Chelsea Patterson – CC Wallsend Campus
Salem Shaw – San Clemente High School
Jack Wilton-King – Cooks Hill Campus