NSW students create artwork for sick kids

Students across New South Wales (NSW) have had the privilege of exhibiting their artworks next to some of the greatest artists in the world at the prestigious Art Gallery of New South Wales. The exhibition officially opened on 20 March as part of Operation Art 2019.

The 50 student artworks were hand selected from last year’s official Operation Art Opening exhibition at the Armory Gallery that showcased 839 artworks from Kindegarten to Year 10 students.

The Touring 50 art exhibition will remain on display until 31 March before commencing a regional tour of NSW galleries over the next twelve months. They will then be hung up in The Children’s Hospital at Westmead as part of their permanent art collection. Ivy Baddock, Art Curator at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead believes art plays an important role within a clinical setting.

“As you walk around the exhibition, you will be overwhelmed with colour, positivity and creativity as it becomes quite clear how these artworks can help improve a child’s mood. Each entry truly reflects what Operation Art is all about - cheering up children in hospital - and we are thrilled to see so many students helping their peers towards recovery,” she said.

Now in its 19th year, Operation Art is an initiative of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in association with the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities and sponsored by Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). This program encourages students to create artworks for children’s hospitals and wards in order to aid the healing and recovery process of young patients.

Photos from the official opening can be found on our Facebook Page

With free entry to the exhibition, Sydneysiders are encouraged to view the artworks while they are at the Art Gallery of NSW in support of these budding young artists and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The exhibition is on display until 31 March 2019, 10am - 5pm daily.