Anita Beaney (Fr'88)

Freelance photographer Anita Beaney has an exhibition at Geelong's Boom Gallery until 9 August. Found Light is an observation of ambient light in the natural environment. Exposures recorded on medium format film at different times of the day reflect variations in the quality and colour of light. These images taken around the Great Ocean Rd aim to capture the serenity of the location, inviting audiences to also look inward for a similar feeling of stillness.

Anita explains “I am looking to find peace and inspiration by being in the natural environment, and hope to convey the calm I feel though my subject matter in my images.” Inspiration is found in the work of artists such as Mark Rothko and Ansel Adams, while her treatment of both the infinite and disappearing horizon evoke Hiroshi Sugimoto’s famed seascapes.

Employing only natural light in her shots, Anita photographs with a medium format Mamiya twin lens c330 camera with 120 roll film. The negatives are scanned, and the images then printed on to watercolour paper. Analogue photographic techniques are employed to obtain detail and quality and then realised in a painterly manner through the size of the print and the quality of the paper.

Anita works in portraiture, fashion and still life. Twice short-listed for the National Photographic Portrait Prize, Anita’s work seeks out the complexity of the human form and the simplicity of the natural one.

Anita has a BA in Art History from the University of Melbourne and a BA in commercial photography from RMIT. On completion of her studies, she assisted then started her own business. She has been working as a freelance commercial photographer whilst building a photographic arts practice.


Zoe Young (Ga'95)

Zoe was recently commissioned by Look magazine to create a painting under a theme inspired by Henri Matisse's 'Calme et Volupte' for inclusion in the July-August issue of the magazine. Look is published by the Art Gallery Society at the Art Gallery of NSW and goes out to Gallery members every two months.

After being dealt blow by blow of disappointment during the COVID pandemic, the commission with the theme 'Calme' came with quite some irony for her in the face of distressing times.

2020 had begun well; Zoe was a finalist in the Darling Portrait Prize, a new annual prize for Australian portrait painters, painting Australian sitters. Her portrait Bruce Beresford at home in Birchgrove, hangs in The National Portrait Gallery along with those of other finalists and the winner, Anthea da Silva. However, after securing an opportunity to exhibit in the Sydney Art Fair, considered the biggest contemporary art fair in the country and bringing with it the opportunity not only to exhibit but also to sell artworks, the fair was cancelled due to the pandemic.

On the back of that, Zoe's trips from NSW to Queensland where she had been working on an Archibald Prize entry, were suddenly brought to a halt with the border closure.

So, at a time that was much less than "Calme', Zoe had to dig deep. In the 1904 artwork Matisse aimed for what he described as a "balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter." A similar expectation was placed on this commission, created especially for inclusion in the magazine, with the hope of bringing joy and a sense of calm to readers in these troubled times.

For Zoe, intensive time with her children at home from school was a somewhat ‘unexpected gift of lockdown’. She was inspired by their resilience and how quickly they adapted to and coped with the changes. She told Look, ‘Throughout the days, I have been torn between the novelty and intimacy of home schooling and my driven nature as a painter to capture and distil the beauty of it all.’  ‘In this painting I have taken the concept of “calme” to its boundaries perhaps – that ambiguous place of nonsense, that infectious state of cheekiness, that illuminated wonderful world of playtime. In the days of greatest anxiety, I found instant solace in the giggles in the hallway, the cubbies in the doorway, the endurance of play, its unbelievable lightness warming the most brittle of thoughts.’

Emily Mannix (Fr'12)


Emily was named vice captain of the Melbourne Vixens ahead of the new Super Netball season, set to kick-off in Brisbane on Saturday 1 August. According to the Melbourne Vixens website, Emily was shocked to learn she had been elevated to the Vixens' leadership group for the first time. “I was like, ‘I know 2020 has been a bit of an odd year so far, but, are you serious?!’” she laughed. “But no in all honesty, I was surprised, but it is a privilege to be voted in by the team, alongside (co-captains) Kate (Moloney) and Lizzy (Watson) who have been such great leaders of our team for many years now.”

Emily is one of four Old Geelong Grammarians in the Vixens' squad for 2020, along with Tayla Honey (Ga'15) and training partners Ruby Barkmeyer (Ga'18) and Allie Smith (A'17).

Caleb Serong (Cu'19)

Caleb received the AFL's NAB Rising Star nomination for his performance against Geelong in Round 8. Caleb went head-to-head with Geelong superstar Paddy Dangerfield for large portions of Monday night's match, keeping Dangerfield to 18 touches while gathering 22 possessions of his own. Caleb's last-minute goal spared Fremantle's blushes as they had been on track to record their lowest score in AFL history.

Caleb spoke glowingly of his time at the School in an interview with Dwayne Russell on SEN on Wednesday 29 July. "It was unbelievable," Caleb said of his first visit to the School at the end of Year 10, before accepting a sports scholarship. That year they (GGS) had four players drafted (Paddy Dow (M'17), Lochie O'Brien (P'17), Jarrod Brander (M'17) and Brent Daniels (P'17)) so I thought there must be something going on there. To have everything there... the gym, swimming pool, basketball courts... the ovals are in pristine condition all the time." 

"I swear by it, now that I'm out of there and I've experienced it, it definitely helped me to get where I am now," Caleb said of his time at the School.