Creatives showcased at Boonah State High School Arts Expo

The work of Boonah State High School’s most creative students was on show at the Boonah State High School Arts Expo last Thursday from 6pm – 8.30pm.

Head of creative and practical technologies Symantha McSweeney said the expo had been an opportunity to recognise the talents of students.

She said more than 200 people passed through the Boonah State High School Hall, which was two thirds full of student artworks created during art and creative and practical technologies lessons.

“It was a very good turnout,” she said.

“It was really good.

“All of the students worked hard throughout the year on a range of works, including visual arts, woodwork, metal work and textiles.”

The gallery doors swung open at 6pm and Douglas James got the evening underway by performing a smoking ceremony and acknowledging the traditional owners of the land.

Principal Cheryl Bullion then welcomed the community before Cultural Captain Kirra Parker took charge.

Ms Parker ensured the night ran smoothly in her role as master of ceremonies, with Ms McSweeney saying her humour shone as she kept the crowd entertained and proceedings moving forward.

Highlights included performances by the school choir and drama students, and Barry Gill from the Boonah Art Society Incorporated (BASI) handing out the prestigious People’s Choice Award, which went to year 11 art student Taila Laegel.

Earlier in the year, BASI allowed Boonah State High School to hold its Kickstart Exhibition at the Boonah Regional Art Gallery on High Street, Boonah. 

The exhibition featured works of high achieving students and the public were asked to vote for their favourite piece.