Two of the Clancy Prize’s four judges, art historian and teacher Sister Rosemary Crumlin and Monsignor Tony Doherty, have held the role since its inception in 1999.
Msg. Tony Doherty said life had become faster in the past 20 years leaving people to ‘skate on the surface’ of culture.
“I think spirituality is actually an action of breaking through the surface and looking at the roots,” he said.
“The ministry of an artist is that they really get us to stop, look under the surface and try to understand what’s going on. These works do that. That is their greatest value.”
I think spirituality is actually an action of breaking through the surface and looking at the roots
Sr Rosemary said exhibition guests were challenged to look differently at things.
“The critical thing if you judge an art exhibition is to stay open to the stuff you are not familiar with,” she said. “That’s a challenge – to keep your own mind open and expectations at arm’s length.
“I hope when I go into an exhibition that something jumps off the wall, because somebody is trying a new path rather than treading a path that has been trod before.
“Education and Science have been preoccupied in the past few years not with logic, but with story and an ability to think laterally. As we go through life we build stories about what has happened to us, and they form ways of thinking and valuing.
“That [ability to think laterally] is the gift, I think, that art education can have in the school when it is what the school is willing to affirm. The challenge in a Catholic school especially is to allow an education which is not bound tightly or rigidly, but respects the God who is the creator and cannot be limited.”
The Clancy Prize
- Potentis, Patrick McMahon, Year 12, St Aloysius College Milsons Point
Brian Jordan Award
- Fire & Water, Saskia Heyen, Year 12, Loreto Kirribilli
Msg Tony Doherty Award
- Creativity & Mercy, John Antoun, Year 12, De La Salle College Ashfield
ACU School of Education Awards
- Hands of Mercy, Year 10 collaborative work, St John Bosco College Engadine
- Home & Away, Michael Youssef, Year 12 St Charbel’s College Punchbowl
- St Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Year 7 & 8 collaborative work, Trinity Catholic College Regents Park
ACU School of Arts Awards
- Mary Teresa Bojavhio (Mother Teresa), Junior Fisiitalia, Year 10, Casimir Catholic College Marrickville
- Loud Whisper, Aysel Kaya, Year 12, Domremy College Five Dock
- Quan Am, Victoria Ferguson, Year 12, Trinity Catholic College Auburn