Art Gallery of Western Australia

Year 11 and 12 Students explored the best art produced by graduating secondary and tertiary students today by visiting the Hatched National Graduate show at PICA and Year 12 Pulse Perspectives at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

An annual barometer of what our youth are thinking and feeling, it is also a rich celebration of the role the arts play in the development of individual identities, it’s an intriguing snapshot of Australia’s next generation of contemporary artists.


Andy Quilty Incursion

Year 11 students took part in a drawing workshop with award-winning artist Andy Quilty. The workshop focused on the notion of drawing as a process of discovery. Students developed important skills, employing experimental methodologies and risk- taking and introducing the notion of ‘happy accidents’ as fundamental to the art making process. Building confidence as well as technical skills, participants will gain the ability to take a more intuitive and exploratory approach to their work.

Claire Davenhall

Teaching Artist

“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” – Romans 11:29


Duncraig has well and truly made its mark in The Big Splash WA, a public art initiative aimed at raising awareness of child and adolescent mental health. Art Tech Claire Davenhall has two dolphins featuring in the exhibition; ‘InterAqua Dolphin’ can be found at Stirling Gardens on St George’s Terrace, while ‘IceBreaker Dolphin’ is currently outside His Majesty’s Theatre. Meanwhile, Year 12 Visual Art students and their teacher Verity Palmer created the dolphin Finlay, aiming to spread the message ‘how to be a good friend when riding those waves of emotions.’ Ms Davenhall’s dolphins are on display until Wednesday, 4 March, while you can meet Finlay with 44 other school dolphins on Saturday, 17 March.

Artist: Verity Palmer

Artist: Claire Davenhall

Big Splash WA

Swimming into town from 20 January  – 4 March 2018 in iconic locations around Perth. This interactive art display will be a spectacular sculpture trail for all to enjoy, and taking the family for a day out to visit the dolphins will be a must-do activity.

The Big Splash WA

The trail of dolphins will be on display for eight weeks, giving families and school groups the opportunity to visit them all.

Below is a picture of Finlay the St Stephen’s School Dolphin painted by our lovely year 12s and their Visual Art Teacher Verity Palmer.

Our talented Art Technician Claire Davenhall has a dolphin on display in Stirling Gardens in the Perth CBD pictured below as feature in The West Australian.

“Then he carved all the walls of the house round about with carved engravings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, inner and outer sanctuaries.” – Kings 6:29-35



Artists of Perth

Art technician Claire Davenhall has been featured in the new ‘Artists of Perth’ book recently released by Premium Publishers. The Book, by Gabi Mills and Lisa Shearon, profiles more than 60 artists and galleries from around Perth, capturing creators in the studio, at home and revealing their inspiration. So nice to see a familiar face celebrated!

“Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father.” – Ephesians 5:20