New art program launched for local students

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

School students in Years 7 to 10 are invited to take part in an exciting new art competition launched by WestConnex as part of their public art legacy program.

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, welcomes the opportunity for high school students to work creatively and be inspired by local public artwork along the WestConnex corridor.
“WestConnex has played a fundamental role in improving local infrastructure and it has also provided public art in a way that showcases the social and historical significance of our region,” Mr Coure said.

“Students can use their knowledge of our region to create their own piece of art, using any materials, to align with the themes of ecology, community, transformation, Indigenous culture and heritage.”

Canal to Creek is part of a broader commitment by WestConnex and Transurban, as well as the NSW and Australian Governments, to deliver new open space as part of this major infrastructure project.

“This is an exciting opportunity for local students to get creative. Students can explore the new Canal to Creek interactive portal for inspiration and engage with an array of concepts and ideas through videos, worksheets and images.”

“Each winning artwork will be framed and displayed at the WestConnex M8 Motorway Control Centre, with prizes including iPads, gifts cards for art supplies and a special school workshop run by one of the talented Canal to Creek artists.”

Co-President of the Visual Arts and Design Educators Association of NSW, Nicole DeLosa, said the initiative showed public art was now more accessible than ever.

“We believe that the WestConnex Public Art Portal is one of the most innovative and exciting educational experiences we have seen,” Ms DeLosa said.

“The portal aligns directly to the NSW curriculum and includes worksheets, unit overviews, suggested in-class art making activities and all the information that schools need.” Entries open 9am Monday 16 August 2021 and close 5pm Friday 5 November 2021.

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