Frequently asked questions
The panel has five members and they will be able to see the quality of your work from five images. Make a selection that best represents your skills and creativity. If the panel feels that they cannot get a good sense of your work you will be contacted to supply more information, or if you are short-listed, asked to bring in your work.
If you have sculpture(s) or textiles you may want to include an image which shows the entire work and one that shows a closer view of the surface of the work. This needs to be included in the five images allowed.
Remember you are able to submit more than one application. Each application can contain up to five images.
Your online application needs to be completed by the Thursday 19 October 2017. We strongly suggest not leaving applications until the last minute, to ensure you can complete all of the requirements of the application. Give yourself lots of time – the system will get very busy.
Applications for Top Arts 2018 are online. If there are individual circumstances where online submission is not possible, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org well prior to the application deadline to discuss alternatives.
All short-listed students will be contacted by early December (this is why it is important to list student contact details rather than school details). Students who have not been short-listed will not be invited to bring in their work.
If students leave school after the VCE exams their school email is often discontinued. Email will be the main way of contacting exhibitors during event preparation so we need a personal email that will continue well into 2017.
Thousands of applications are received and it takes time to process these and prepare them for the selection panel to view. The panel start meeting a few days after the deadline, and must work to a strict deadline to ensure works are ready for display when Top Arts opens in March 2018.
The panel comprises the State Reviewer for Art, the State Reviewer for Studio Arts, a regional representative teacher, two representatives from the National Gallery of Victoria Education department, including the curator.
Works are selected using the following criteria:
- achieve an A or A+
- fulfil the assessment criteria for VCE Arts or Studio Arts
- demonstrate strong conceptual development
- display imaginative and individual qualities
- demonstrate technical excellence
- demonstrate an awareness of aesthetic considerations
- demonstrate an awareness of past and contemporary art practices
- have copyright clearance on all non-original material used in screen-based or other works
- provide a range of media, themes and approaches
- are suitable for public exhibition
- fit exhibition constraints including space and safe weight restrictions
- are suitable for display purposes in regard to fragility and power needs, are stable enough to be shown for duration of exhibition, for example, works on paper must be suitable for mounting, framing or pinning.
|Applications close ||Thursday, 19 October 2017|
|Shortlisted students are notified (is this by email?)||Monday, 13 November 2017|
|Bring in day (shortlisted students deliver their work to VCAA offices in Coburg)||Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 December 2017|
|Notification of outcome of final shortlisting process ||By Tuesday, 16 January 2018|
|Collection of shortlisted works not selected for exhibition||Tuesday, 23 January 2018|
|Top Arts launch||Thursday, 22 March 2018 (TBC)|
|Collection of exhibited works from Top Arts space ||Wednesday, 18 July 2018 (TBC) and Thursday, 19 July 2018 (TBC)|