Opening of 2023 Art Show and Awards


Acknowledgement to country

As we gather here today, we would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations, the traditional custodians of this land, and pay our respects to the Elders of the Indigenous people - past, present and emerging.


Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, and fellow art enthusiasts, welcome to the Mount Art Show 2023. It is with great pleasure that I stand before you, surrounded by these stunning works of art that speak volumes about the talent and passion of the artists.

My name is Bianca Gatherum, Acting Principal at Mount View Primary School.

The annual Mount View Art Show is renowned in artistic circles for exhibiting the artworks of local and interstate artists. Our show this year features both established and up and coming artists, in traditional and contemporary styles. Originally the show was started by the Mount View Primary School community in 1984 and grown into a magnificent display of local and renowned interstate artists.

As you browse this wonderful Art show, Art prompts us to question, to reflect, and to see the world through a different lens. It stirs our emotions, evokes memories, and sparks conversations. Tonight, as we immerse ourselves in this visual feast, let us embrace the diversity of artistic expression and appreciate the immense talent before us.

We are very proud to bring the Mount View Art Show to the community. Thank you to the team who have been working on the creation of the Art Show 2023. The team has been led by our two outstanding Visual Arts teachers, Angela Pulbrook and Tina Downard. Their enthusiasm for art and the vibrance and energy they bring has sparked a love of art in the students at Mount View. Thanks also to Andrew Norman on the technical aspects of the show including display panels, lighting, sound and safety. Special mentions to staff members who have assisted during the delivery and curation stage – Joanna Meehan, Farahana Ekanayake, Lakshmi Guruparan and Nigel De Kauwe (Cleaning and safety). Carena Khoo and Elise Pulbrook, thankyou for entertainment and catering.


Angela Pulbrook is a Visual Arts Teacher and has taught in International Schools in the Pacific Islands and Australia.
She Majored in Art Education at Monash University and is a qualified Photographer. Angela has featured in Inflight magazines for Air Nui Guinea, freelance photographer for weddings, schools, art exhibitions and artists alike. Her other passions are mosaicing, cooking and yoga.

Tina is a Visual Arts Teacher having taught art for 13 years. She has taught in primary schools as well as adult art education. Her passion is glass making and mixed media.

Best 3D Artwork $1,000

Medium: 3D Artist- Luke Rabl

Title: Pink, Purple, Green Hutt Lagoon 1 & 2

Sponsored by: PSW Uniforms

Luke’s recent works explore the unique colour palettes and textural qualities in the Australian landscape from Uluru to the surreal Neapolitan colours and textures of Hutt Lagoon’s salt lakes. Light and colour play a crucial role in accentuating the details and texture of this artwork which brilliantly highlights the beauty of this part of Australia – HUTT LAGOON, AUSTRALIA.


Best Pastel Painting $1,000

Medium: Pastel

Artist: Pierina Sannia

Title: Detained

Sponsored by: Innovate Tech Academy.

Pierina is a Melbourne born artist who discovered the soft pastel medium used in this piece during the COVID lockdowns. Since then she has won many awards. Her piece ‘Detained,’ has captured the intricate details of human emotions and connections and brought them to life on the canvas, creating a beautiful tapestry of texture, colour, depth and dimension to this artwork.

Best Acrylic Painting $1,000

Medium: Acrylic

Artist: Ling Wang

Title: Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos

Sponsored by: COS

Ling Wang recently fell in love with acrylic in 2022 and began her pilgrimage of self-learning from YouTube videos. Immersed in the beauty of Gippsland, her piece ‘Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos,’ clearly demonstrates her passion and appreciation of the beauty of birds. The use of colour in this artwork is particularly striking, as it evokes a sense of harmony and balance. It is also a beautiful reminder of the importance of looking after our native fauna and flora. 

Best Oil Painting $1,000

Medium: Oil

Artist: Alison Clark

Title: Big Daddy

Sponsored by: Melbourne Cleaning Supplies

Alison Clark has a life-long passion for animals and nature, gathering her reference material whilst travelling and visiting varying natural habitats, she translates these experiences into her work with sensitivity. Alison brilliantly connects with the audience through the thoughtful and commanding gaze of the lion. The artist engagingly use colour, light and texture to add realistic dimension to this piece of artwork.


Mount View would like to thank Viviana Gracia, artist and graphic designer from the Elite choice art studio, for her stunning and captivating artwork which she has generously donated. Each piece showcases her passion and love for the animals she creates in her artwork. You can look her up on Instagram The Elite Choice Art.
This is the silent auction that has been happening at the front entrance. Bids are now closed.

People's Choice Award

Sponsored by Their-Care will be announced on Saturday at the end of the Art Show. Please vote for your favourite art piece and place in the box…..

Click here to: View Awards

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We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support.