Operation Art Touring Exhibition now open

The chance to have an artwork exhibited in the Art Gallery of NSW is a dream that is sort by many inspiring artists. This month though, that dream has become a reality for 50 NSW school students whose artworks have been chosen to feature in the prestigious 2017 Operation Art Touring Exhibition.

Sharing space with some of Australia’s most renowned artists, the featured pieces were hand selected for the exhibition from the 850 artworks entered into last year’s Operation Art program, a program that encourages school students to create art for sick children in hospital.

The exhibition, which officially open Wednesday 12 April, features 15-year-old autistic artist, Will Hazzard from Dubbo School of Distance Education, who was awarded the Senior ANSTO award for his artwork, titled Lizard Trio (Our Home).

Using art as a form of therapy and inspired by the blue-tongue lizards in his backyard, Will created a detailed, textured and intricate dot painting using textured pastes with the aim of not only making a connection with animals and the environment but also with the aim of making something that sick kids could touch to help distract and calm them during times of stress.

Following the exhibition, the featured artworks will commence a year-round tour of the regional art galleries in NSW before becoming part of the permanent art collection at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

The exhibition will be open daily, with free entry, from April 12 to April 23 between 10am and 5pm.