The YH Committee are proud to announce Matthew McAlpine (2007-2011) as the recipient of the 2020 Young Haleians' Endeavour Award.
Every Young Haleian has the opportunity to strive towards a goal with purpose, and the Young Haleians’ Award is designed to provide the support needed to do so. The criteria for the award are outlined as follows:
- To be awarded to a Young Haleian under the age of 30 who has established commitment towards and achieved (or is significantly advanced towards achieving) success in his chosen field of endeavour.
- He must be able to demonstrate noteworthy accomplishments within this field and have strategies in place to further progress towards a significant goal while reflecting the values of Hale School.
The YH Committee are proud to announce Matthew McAlpine as the recipient of the 2020 Young Haleians' Endeavour Award. The award recognises Matthew's outstanding accomplishments, future ambitions and endeavours in visual arts.
Hale School ignited Mathew's love for visual arts. By the time he was in Year 11 he would spend every free afternoon available, painting in the art department. He received the Leon Pericles Art Prize in his final year went on to persue his passion for art, studying his Bachelor of Arts at Curtin University.
Mathew's first major industry achievement came in 2014 when he won the City of South Perth’s Emerging Art Prize. The same year and upon graduating, he was awarded a studio residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre. He also undertook his first solo exhibition at Free Range Gallery in Perth.
Matthew returned to study in 2016 to complete his Honours, and held a solo exhibition at the Art Space Collective in Scarborough. At the beginning of 2018 he was selected for a solo exhibition at c3 Contemporary Art Space in Melbourne. Since the solo show in Melbourne, he has exhibited in group shows in Brisbane, Houston (USA) and Perth; and held further solo exhibitions in Launceston and Perth.
Each exhibition and the conversations that emerge from them continue to inspire Matthew to create.
One of the most rewarding experiences Matthew describes as an artist, has been painting a mural at the Senior Boarding House at Hale. The mural gave boarders the opportunity to reflect upon the place that they grew up and to express their love for their hometown by helping to paint a symbol of that place on a map that he painted on the wall. Matthew believes facilitating this project cemented the power of art to bring people together to celebrate their communities.
"Receiving the Young Haleians' Endeavour Award and this financial support will be an incredibly helpful way to engage in a focused and intensive period of making. It will allow me to concentrate on making a significant body of work that could be entered into a number of national art prizes and be used to apply for a solo exhibition at a respected gallery."
Examples of Matthew's artwork can be found on his Instagram.
Kim O'Brien (R) YH Chair presenting Matthew McAlpine (L) with his Endeavour Award