Fresh 11- PSC Art Specialisation Graduate Exhibition

The Fresh 11 exhibition was opened on Friday night. It was a wonderful opportunity for PSC Art graduates to exhibit their amazing work to mentors, family, friends, PSC staff and teachers and current and past students.

Fresh 11 features  works by the emerging artists of the 2011 art specialisation class and explores themes of beauty, genetic modification, enrionmental destruction and many more. The exhibition was generously sponsored by “Command” Picture Hanging Strips and the students welcomed Brand Manager Sofia Tsiamoulis to the opening.

The exhibition is open on Wednesday and Sundays 12:00pm-5:00pm until 11 December at the Yarra Sculpture Gallery, 117 Vere St Abbotsford.

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Jenny Heron, Sofia Tsiamoulis, Julie Moss

Deborah Mullins & Visual Theory & Art Specialisation Coordinator Sarina Lirosi

Final year students Liane Hurvitz & Grace Clifford Fleming

Final Year students- Marianne, Steph, Jess & Melissa

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STUDENT: Carly Chartres, 3rd year part time
ASSIGNMENT: Major Folio Project – Metaphors
STUDENT COMMENT: This image comes from my ‘Ghostly Shadows’ folio which is largely inspired by photographer Sally Mann and her beautiful yet haunting black and white images. I wanted to create a dark and moody narrative this semester. I love the dark tones in this series and hoped to create a story which is intimate and slightly haunting like many of Manns photographs. I had a lot of fun putting this story together and as a result have decided to study fine art as a major next year.

PSC Photojournalism Industry Night


Last night a crowd gathered in the impressively lit studio at PSC and shared a celebration of the final year PJ students work.  Students, lecturers, and staff of PSC, mingled with invitees from the photography industry and some very relieved mentors! 

The walls of the studio were hung with captivating images taken from each student’s folio over the past year, while 2 computers with headphones were displaying the multimedia talents of Jason Retchford, Cameron Church, Kathryn Feldmaier, and Tom Pipella. 

On the cyclorama was a 45-minute slide show of all student work from 2011.  Series of work were entitled ‘In the Name of the Father’ – ‘Night Runners’ – ‘Senior Moments’ – ‘Little Abyssinia’ – ‘Servitude’ – ‘Brutes ‘n Utes’ – ‘Soup Kitchen’ – ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘The Mill’.

 With sponsorship from Grand Ridge Brewery and Domaine Chandon, the evening quickly became a ‘chat fest’ and the sounds of laughter echoed through PSC.

The indubitable Bill Bachman chaired the evening’s speeches and introduced the guest speaker Arsineh Houspian (ex PSC student + Industry External Assessor for PJ).  Arsineh emphasized the importance of working hard, saying yes to every opportunity, and seeing every interaction as an opportunity to sell.  She also highlighted the difference between the safe haven of PSC and the competitive world of photojournalism.  ‘Do or die!’ would aptly summarize Arsineh’s speech. 

Finally after thanks from students to lecturers – courtesy of Gary Trounson and lecturer to students– thanks Jerry – the PJ students  journey at PSC was over but another was just beginning. 

Sandra Davis



Congratulations to PSC Staff member – Jackie Cernoy

PSC is proud to announce the recent success of our staff member, Jackie Cernoy, in taking out the Fiona Myer Award at the graduating show for Victoria University Visual Arts course this week. When not working at PSC, Jackie is busy developing her art practice specializing in painting and sculpture. Throughout her studies at VU Jackie has won several awards and commendations and is proving herself to be an artist to keep an eye on!

You can see Jackie’s work as part of the graduate show exhibition at Victoria University until 25 November. Well done Jackie!

Jackie Cernoy with her award winning work


Jackie with PSC Managing Director Julie Moss


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STUDENT: Daan Hoffmann, Year 2 full time
ASSIGNMENT: Time-Lapse or Stop-Motion video for Produce a Moving Image
STUDENT COMMENT: For our moving image class with Nic Kocher we were tasked with creating a time lapse or stop motion video. Having wanted to delve into this side of photography for a long time, I jumped in head first. Utilizing high vantage points and interesting skies, I slowly started piecing together something I was happy with. I matched the speed to the music, a song I felt was fitting to the scenery. I enjoyed this project so much I’m still shooting in order to increase the scope of this video, hoping to make it longer and grander with at least 10 more locations for the next edit.

Heartfelt Group Exhibition

Final year students Sarah Lynch (Photojournalism), Ruth Perry (Commercial) and David Lowry (Art) are part of a group exhibition opening on Wednesday 7 December.  The exhibition will be held at the Clifton Creative Arts Centre and is a collaboration of visual artists using a variety of mediums from photography to painting and mosaic.

Sarah expressed her work as following life shadows and movement throughout Footscray, exploring lines, shapes and light through photography.  The Clifton Creative Arts Centre is a multicultural centre for community arts development.  The centre offers gallery space for the community, increasing cultural and arts diversity whilst supporting locally produced art and those that may be disadvantaged with limited access to mainstream venues.  The centre promotes the exploration of the close relationship between art and spirituality in its uniquely Australian context.  The upcoming Heartfelt exhibition will feature 9 artists doing just that.
The exhibition runs until 11 December so be sure to drop by.

10 Questions for Visual Artist Anat Cossen


1. What did you want to be when you grew up?

It flickered between singer, dancer , archaeologist and meteorologist

2. When did you decide to pursue art as a career?

It was never a momentary decision, it was something I have always done in different forms.

3. How would you describe your work to a complete stranger?

My work is me. It is expressing who I am and how I see the world on paper.

4. What is the most important idea, issue, dilemma or thing that you want to address in your art?

Identity. Personal issues that can touch anyone’s soul but I don’t dictate, i hope each soul takes it’s own personal message.

5. What are the most important influences that have moved you as an artist?

Sitting in the MOMA in front of Monet’s Water Lilies. Retrospective exhibition of Rothko in Tel Aviv. Dance show by Pina Bausch. Good alternative music such as Cloud Control and Sally Saltman. Nature. One of my teachers in first year at college taught me about seeing. My yoga teacher taught me to be present. My kids teach me about feeling.

6. Do you visualise your Art before creating? Do you know what it will look like before you begin? What’s your process?

I see the world in frames. Everything I look at has a potential to become my own. I toy around with many ideas, sometimes just for fun and experimentation and sometimes it will become a deeper, longer, meaningful work. Most ideas will be triggered by the situation I’m in, it will generate a feeling that then will start taking the shape of images in my head. Every few days my chain of thoughts will trigger a new image in my head. When I photograph things will continue to develop.

7. How important do you think it is for artists to know about art history, and why?

It is important for us to know our place in the world. It gives the personal context to work from and towards. It is true to everything not only art, humans have to learn from ancestors and know what is done in the past in order to create the future.

8. How do you define success, and what keeps you going?

“Success” is when I manage to influence or move a note in someone’s soul.

9. What are some fun facts about you that may or may not be directly related to your art?

like everyone else, my idol in the 80s was Michael Jackson, One day I came home to discover my brother had painted Michael’s eyes red in all the posters above my bed. I was devastated. Who knew it was a perfectly legitimate thriller reference.

10. What hangs on your walls? Do you collect the work of other artists?

Michael Jackson no longer. Due to resent reno, my walls are a blank canvas waiting to be reinvented. I love buying art, I collect art by emerging artists (maybe later in life I’ll have resources to afford more). Anything that will touch something in me can hang in my house. I plan to cover the walls from top to bottom and take my life time doing that.



Congratulations to first year student Elma Gradascevic

Winner of the tertiary category for The Age Nikon Photo Challenge

Elma, who is currently undertaking the first semester of first year part time here at PSC, has won the tertiary category for The Age Nikon Photo Challenge. What a wonderful achievement for Elma to win this competition after only a few weeks of study. This competition was open to all students across Victoria with categories in primary, secondary and tertiary study with the theme “to be an artist”.

Talking about her winning entry to The Age Nikon Photo Challenge, Elma explained “without the skills I learnt at PSC, the tutors teaching me about design and the expressiveness of hands or the way to adjust for depth of field, I would not have entered this competition.”  Being part of the PSC student community means having tutors that inspire and challenge you to push your photography further, to look for those little moments and turn them into winning photos.  Having access to resources, being able to ask questions and gain support from peers and mentors, gaining the assistance required to take your images to the next level – these elements are integral to your growth as a photographer.  Elma has found the inspiration to put forward her work – and with winning results.  As the winner of the Tertiary category, Elma has won a Nikon D7000 with twin-lens kit valued at $2,099, and another Nikon D7000 with twin-lens kit for PSC.  Well done Elma and thank you to The Age and Nikon.

“Walking through the CBD of Melbourne I was admiring all the artists, ranging from bands to street side buskers.  I was attracted to all of them as they provide soul and colour to our city.  One artist in particular caught my attention, she was seated along Swanston Street, oblivious to all that was going on around her.  Immersed in sketching a portrait, she proceeded to create a masterful image right in front of me, putting what she saw on paper.   To be an artist was part of her everyday lifestyle – this was evident by the traces of charcoal on her hands and all over her clothing.  Her drawing was a form of her expression through her chosen medium.”
Elma Gradascevic, PSC first year student

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STUDENT: Kimberley Munro, 3rd year full time
ASSIGNMENT: Major Project Folio.
STUDENT COMMENT: This shoot was a collaboration between the make-up artist and myself. We both wanted to work on a illustrative bald cap design together and came up with a design we were both happy with. The image also features in my 2011 folio for commercial.