The annual exhibition of the region’s latest young artists and crafters kicked off this week at the Margaret River Heart. Creating Identity is the annual Margaret River Senior High School exhibition, giving young creatives the chance to showcase their work to a local audience. On display are more than 100 pieces produced as part of studies across a range of subjects including visual art, woodwork, metalwork and photography undertaken by Year 10, 11 and 12 students. Co-ordinating teacher Kylie Marsh said the exhibition would run for two weeks in the Heart’s foyer. “Creating Identity is a culmination of dedication, persistence and a desire to create items that give joy to others,” she said. “It is through the creativity of students and the guidance of teachers that the pieces evolve. “With the challenge of utilising available resources and the ability to explore new techniques, it is a remarkable achievement to produce and be able to showcase such powerful works of design.” Ms Marsh said students were looking forward to the opportunity to showcase and potentially sell their artworks. “Being able to exhibit the items in a professional gallery is a highlight for all students and wonderful for the community to see the contribution that young people make to this region now and into the future,” she said. Junior artists Mitchell Harper and Kate Jovic said their first exhibition was the culmination of a full year’s effort. Both Year 11 students were fascinated by the design aspect of their studies, with Kate in the woodworking department and Mitchell working with linocut, ceramic and photographic pieces. “It’s really the planning and design that happens before the woodwork that interests me most,” Kate said. Mitchell told the Times he was keen to pursue tertiary study in design as well, buoyed by his experience preparing for Creating Identity. Creating Identity holds its official opening on Friday, November 10 at 6pm and runs until Thursday, November 23.