The artistic talents of GGS students and staff are on full display at the 8th Annual Coriobald Prize Portrait Exhibition, which opened on Thursday 31 July. 

Inspired by the Archibald Prize, the exhibition presents portraits of members of the Geelong Grammar School community, past or present, accompanied by a submission statement reflecting on how the subject has or is contributing positively to the culture of the School. For the first time in its history, the 2014 Coriobald includes artworks from all GGS campuses and from all age groups. Among some 300 works on display, there are seven works by members of staff.

Breaking with the tradition, this year the exhibition was hosted by Art House Captains George Coltman (Yr12 FB) and Lotti Spence-Fletcher (Yr12 He), who presented the event's history and introduced the guest speaker – Mr David Frazer.

David Frazer, an Australian painter and printmaker best known for his wonderful engravings, opened the exhibition. David was also the Artist in Residence at our Corio campus during Term 2 2014.

David was joined by Claire Robson, the School’s Graphic Designer and Theresa Janssen, Cuthbertson House Assistant, to judge this year's exhibition. The panel of judges has selected the following winning nominations:

Judges’ Prize for Senior School student was awarded to JESS GRILLS (Yr12 A) for her multimedia self-portrait entitled “Sculptured by society”, while two other students, Amelia Lim (Yr12 Cl) and Prue Coburn (Yr11 Ga), received honourable mentions.

Judges’ Prize for Middle School student was given to CHLOE FURNARI (Yr8 Hi) for her linoprint entitled “My character strength: Gratitude”.

ROMAN ANASTASIOS (Yr6 Tk) received Photography Prize for MS Student for a portrait of his sister entitled “She will fly”, as well as, a special mention for his photograph 'Dreamer'. 

Photography Prize for SS Student was awarded to JENNIFER NGUYEN (Yr10 He) for portrait entitled “Lost in water”. Luca Brew (Yr11 Cu) received an honourable mention in this category for his portrait entitled “Who is John Gault?”

Finally, Judges’ Prize for a non-student entry was awarded to JUSTINE SIEDLE, Art teacher from the Toorak Campus, for her watercolour “Portrait Mr A teaching Maths (Jonothan Auditore)”.

The Coriobald Prize Portrait Exhibition will be on display in the Sinclaire Centre until September 18 (week days 8.30-4.00pm, Sundays 2.00-5.00pm).

Visitors can vote for the prestigious People's Choice Prize, which will be awarded at the final assembly of Term 3.