Speak up: Bayside’s Upstanders exhibition
28 January – 5 March 2023
Speak up is a collaborative project between renowned artist Adrian Spurr and a network of five schools across Bayside who are part of The Upstanders community. Artist, sculptor, master printer and educator Adrian Spurr led collagraph workshops with 100 grade five students to create over 400 artworks culminating in an immersive installation at Bayside Gallery.
Now in its tenth year, The Upstanders are invited to upskill their knowledge on social and emotional learning and exercise their creative talents in spreading positive messages throughout the community. This year the students explored the theme ‘Confidence to speak up’ inspiring the students to speak up, find their voice, and support one another. They were encouraged to develop important values such as kindness, integrity, respect and fairness and put them into practice.
Schools involved in the project include: Beaumaris Primary School, Brighton Beach Primary School, Hampton Primary School, Sandringham Primary School, and Sandringham East Primary School.
28 January – 5 March 2023
Brighton Town Hall, Corner Carpenter and Wilson Streets, Brighton (entry on Wilson Street)
Phone: (03) 9261 7111
Bayside Gallery is open at the following times.
Wednesday - Friday 11am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 1pm - 5pm
The Gallery is closed on all Victorian Public holidays and in between exhibitions. Please review our exhibition dates before visiting.
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Initiated by Brighton Beach primary and supported by Bayside City Council, The Upstanders community has been running for ten years and engages with five Bayside schools: Beaumaris Primary School, Brighton Beach Primary School, Hampton Primary School, Sandringham Primary School and Sandringham East Primary School. Twenty students from each school are selected to participate in Upstanders, which teaches children the importance of being an upstander, not a bystander, to bullying. The Upstanders community is passionate about making Bayside a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for our youth, and investigates the social and emotional needs of the community to work cohesively to disseminate prosocial messages. Each year, The Upstanders are invited to upskill their knowledge on social and emotional learning and exercise their creative talents in spreading positive messages throughout our community. In previous years, students have made film clips, movies, board games and songs.
Creative Director bio
Adrian Spurr is a sculptor and master printmaker. In his sculptural practice, he uses wood, stone, bronze and found objects, and will often combine mediums to contemporise his forms. As a printmaker, he incorporates modern technology such as laser cutting, 3D printing, and photopolymer plates with traditional relief printing and screen-printing processes. Spurr completed a Bachelor in Sculpture (honours) and Masters in Printmaking in the United Kingdom and worked as an art teacher at Brighton Secondary College for twenty years. He is the co-founder of the Sunshine Print Artspace and in 2019 curated the inaugural BIG Sculpture Biennale at VegOut, St. Kilda Community Gardens. Adrian Spurr was a studio artist at Billilla Mansion, Brighton in 2020-2021.
Hero banner image credit: Collagraphs by Georgia, Lealah and Eleanor (detail).