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Arts Academy Awards 2017

The 2017 Arts Academy Awards was held on Saturday 16 September, in the Sheldon Event Centre, in-front of an audience of over 800 people. This annual event recognises the best of Sheldon College student works across all Senior College art forms and incorporates the award ceremony for the student nominees from Visual Art, Music, Vocal Studies, Acting, Dance and Film, Television and New Media.

This year, over 300 singers, dancers and musicians took to the stage in performances which were nothing short of spectacular; while the stunning lighting and audio visual production was provided by students from the Australian School of the Arts' Film, Television and New Media Program.

Notable performances included ‘I Will Always Love You’, ‘Africa’, ‘Incomplete’ and a wonderful ‘Mary Poppins’ medley – a nod to Sheldon College’s highly successful 2017 musical. A definite highlight of the evening was ‘When We Were Young’, an Adele song, performed by teacher Miss Rachel Head, Year 12 Female Vocalists (Eve), the Arts Academy Show Choir and the Arts Academy Band. Another highly popular item was "Somebody to Love", performed by our incredibly talented and much loved Arts Staff.

Mr Darren Harvey, Sheldon College Director of the Australian School of the Arts said “Tonight is a great example of what is possible when students believe in something and work hard towards achieving that goal. With the right guidance these students are capable of artistic feats that even they did not know was possible. Tonight was a true example of hybrid arts in action.”

Congratulations must go to all of the Performers and Award Nominees for a wonderfully memorable and enjoyable evening, and to the following 2017 Arts Academy Award Winners:

  • 2017 Gold Award - Chloe Crick
  • Technical Producer of the Year - Jack Vernon
  • Director of the Year - Jack Vernon
  • 2D Multi-Media Artist of the Year - Paris Brotherton
  • 3D Interdisciplinary Media Artist of the Year - Ellie McBain
  • Instrumentalist of the Year - Justin Zheng
  • Dancer of the Year - Taylah Brady
  • Actor of the Year - Jan Krawczyk
  • Actress of the Year - Chloe Crick
  • Female Vocalist of the Year - Chloe Crick
  • Male Vocalist of the Year - Kyle Colburn
  • Best Emerging Artist of the Year - Hannah James
  • ASTA Award for Excellence - Mikayla Yates
  • Middle College Cultural Award - Zephram Chambers
  • Senior College Cultural Award - Tara Alcorn
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2016 Arts Academy Awards

On Saturday 17 September over 300 singers, dancers and musicians took to the stage at the Sheldon Event Centre and wowed their audience of 800 with performances that were of the standard of professional performers. Many mentioned they had to remind themselves during the evening that the performers were, in fact, current students of Sheldon College. Some of the notable performances were ‘Purple Rain’, ‘Geronimo’, ‘Chicago’ and a wonderful ‘Fame’ Medley including Wearable Art which also saw the first part of the evening ending with a large production of ‘Les Miserables’. A definite roof raiser for the night as was the finale performance of a Beyonce Medley.

Overall 16 Awards were presented on the evening in varying categories. Sheldon College Actress of the Year was awarded to Jasmine Martin whilst Actor of the Year went to Jackson Bannister. Both these students had major lead roles in this year’s ‘Addams Family’ musical. Another favourite and highly contested award of the night, 2016 Dancer of the Year was presented to Georgia Blair.

Recently returning from his achievements at the Australian Percussion titles in Melbourne, Justin Zheng will be adding to his trophy shelf again as he was named Instrumentalist of the Year.

Rise Media took out this year’s Production Group of the Year Award with the very skilled member of this Group Lachlan Trott, also awarded Director of the Year.

Aliya Yildirim was named Interdisciplinary Media Artist of the Year and Ellie McBain was very happy to receive her 2D Multi-Media Artist of the Year Award.

Best Emerging Artist of the Year was won by Ellen Warner who had a wonderful year and was recognised for her hard work throughout 2016.

The Middle College Cultural Award winner was Lara Wilson, whilst the very talented Micayla van Wyk was awarded the Senior College Cultural Award.

Male Vocalist of the Year was awarded to Axel Duffy, whilst Female Vocalist of the Year was presented to Chloe Crick who also took the most prestigious award of the evening the 2016 Gold Award.

Congratulations to all of the Award nominees and winners on the evening.

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ASTA Professionals 2018 Auditions

Applications for entry in 2018 are now open.

Every applicant wishing to gain entry into the Professionals Program will be required to participate in an audition/interview or portfolio presentation to demonstrate their talent and potential to benefit from the course. ASTA courses look for students who show potential and talent but need to acquire technical skills. At ASTA, auditioning and interviewing are an important part of each course.

“Auditions and interviews can be nerve-wracking. It is important to understand that professionals are required to audition or interview throughout their career.”Mr Darren Harvey, Director of ASTA

All students are taught how the industries work and how to find employment. Talent is not enough. It must be supported by skill, technique and knowledge. These things can be learned whilst students are a part of ASTA.

Audition Dates for ASTA Professionals 2018

School of Combined Performing Arts (CPA)
Wednesday 1 November 2017 (lunchtime) – Acting
Thursday 2 November 2017 (lunchtime) – Dance
Friday 3 November (lunchtime) – Vocals
Note: Students must attend all three audition workshops
Location: LINQ Theatre

School of Visual Art
Wednesday 15 November 2017 – 3.45pm to 5.00pm
Location: MD4

School of Film and Television (FTV)
Friday 3 November 2017 - 3.45pm to 5.00pm
Location: LINQ Precinct

School of Costume and Fashion Design
Wednesday 1 November 2017 – 3.45pm to 5.00pm
Location: TBC

For more information on auditioning for the ASTA Professionals program, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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