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National Galleria Victoria Presents START UP: TOP ARTS 2014, Now thru 7/20

National Galleria Victoria Presents START UP: TOP ARTS 2014, Now thru 7/20

Forty-nine of Victoria's freshest emerging young artists will showcase their highly-commended work in the National Gallery of Victoria's annual exhibition, StArt Up: Top Arts 2014, opening today, 11 April.

Now in its twentieth year and one of the most popular, diverse and engaging exhibitions on the NGV calendar, StArt Up: Top Arts 2014 supports arts education and the future of contemporary art in Victoria.

Minister for the Arts, Heidi Victoria officially opened StArt Up: Top Arts 2014 on behalf of Minister for Education Martin Dixon.

"StArt Up: Top Arts 2014 allows us to share in the artistic journeys of creativity and learning undertaken by our talented VCE class of 2013," Ms Victoria said.

"The works on display are outstanding examples of student achievement, supportive teaching and the power of the arts in education. I wish to congratulate our young ambassadors for arts education in Victoria."

To celebrate its twentieth anniversary at the NGV, Top Arts has been given a fresh title, StArtUp: Top Arts 2014, which pays tribute to the role the exhibition has played in starting the career of many of Victoria's emerging and established artists and creative practitioners.

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, "The twentieth anniversary of Top Arts provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the students

who have been selected for the current program and also those who have been a part of this landmark exhibition since 1994."

"The NGV is very proud to be involved in the development and profile of these young artists and every year we look forward to supporting the next generation of contemporary artists and innovative thinkers. This year's selection of works is inspirational; I congratulate all of the students on their achievements."

A special twentieth anniversary, magazine-style catalogue has been published to coincide with StArt Up: Top Arts 2014, featuring profiles on all 49 exhibiting artists. The publication will also revisit eight former students whose work has been showcased in Top Arts over the last twenty years, including those who have gone on to pursue careers in the arts.

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