I am delighted to invite the Camberwell Girls Grammar School community to participate in Gallery Galaxias.
As part of our Centenary celebrations, you will have the opportunity to permanently honour your journey through the school.
Melbourne artist, Simon Normand will once again return to CGGS. Continuing on from Dara’s Labyrinth constructed in the heart of the school, this time Simon will transform the water feature that runs along the main entrance to the school.
This water feature, soon to be known as Gallery Galaxias, will be home to 100 iridescent mosaic fish. Hand made from Venetian glass, this art installation will symbolise the 100 year life of the school.
The underwater migration of mosaic Galaxias fish will symbolise health, creativity, strength, rebirth, transformation, serenity, intelligence, endurance and happiness.
Adopted by early Christians, the fish was used as a secret symbol and often it was scratched on the ground as a means to distinguish friend from foe. To the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the Galaxias fish migration signals that it is Luk (Eel) season, a time of gathering, harvesting and ceremony.
When complete, this art installation will represent generations of CGGS community members. It will honour the school’s foundations and celebrate the journey taken by many to ensure that CGGS has remained at the forefront of educating young women for a century.
All members of our community are invited to invest in a glistening Galaxias fish that will be bronze engraved with your name and a year from our Centenary period, 1920 – 2020.
I hope you will be a part of Gallery Galaxias, a once in a century artwork.
With warm regards,
> As this is an artistic creation, no two fish are the same. The fish vary in size, shape and aesthetic.
> Each fish will be numbered from 1921 – 2020. You are able to nominate a year that is significant to you. The years will be allocated according to the order of purchase. You will be contacted by the school to confirm the year nominated is available.
> Fish can be purchased by an individual, a family or a group of people.
> The tag is limited to 15 characters, so you may have to be creative with your underwater name. However, we will also be installing a plaque on the edge of the water feature which will contain the full name/s of the purchaser/s.
> The investment is $1,000.00 per fish.
> Payment plans are available – download payment form below for full details.
Your name will be engraved on a tag with your nominated year.
Choose how you name your fish:
> After one specific person
> In memory of a loved one
> After multiple people
Artist in Residence
Simon Normand’s career as an exhibiting artist spans more than 30 years and encompasses an array of creative media. His installations have won many awards and received critical acclaim.
Within both urban and rural settings, Simon’s work has always reflected his strong environmental ethos and connection to the Australian landscape.
A self-employed artist, Simon regularly stages solo exhibitions and participates in group exhibitions. He has also been an artist in residence at many independent schools in Melbourne.
We are delighted to welcome Simon back to CGGS to create Gallery Galaxias. Simon will work with Junior and Senior students, as well as our staff, sharing his creative process to develop a number of the fish.
Senior School & Admin
2 Torrington Street,
Canterbury, Victoria 3126
Phone +61 3 9813 1166
Fax +61 3 9882 9248
Junior School – Ormiston
4 Mont Albert Road,
Canterbury, Victoria 3126
Phone +61 3 9813 1965
Fax +61 3 9813 2530
“We acknowledge and pay respect to the Wurundjeri people as the traditional custodians of the land on which the school is situated”