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Students tackle Operation Art

Monday, 29th December, 2014

Emerson Chesterfield, Izzy Finlayson, Kaylin Haynes and Harriet Brealey show off their works that were featured in operation Art. PICTURE: Supplied Emerson Chesterfield, Izzy Finlayson, Kaylin Haynes and Harriet Brealey show off their works that were featured in operation Art. PICTURE: Supplied

Four students from Broken Hill Public School have helped brighten the lives of sick kids by creating their own art masterpieces.

Emerson Chesterfield, Izzy Finlayson, Kaylin Haynes and Harriet Brealey recently had their artworks featured in Operation Art.

Operation Art is an initiative of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in association with the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC).

It provides a forum for schools to demonstrate their visual arts achievements with more than 700 artworks  submitted every year.

All entries are exhibited at the Armory Gallery at Sydney Olympic Park before 50 are chosen for a touring exhibition, which is shown at the Art Gallery of NSW and regional galleries for a year.

The finest works are also selected to become part of the permanent collection at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, giving kids colourful inspiration during their recovery from illness and injury.

The girls used a variety of media in their artworks, and Harriet travelled to Sydney with her Mum to see the exhibition.

“It’s a joy to see the smiles on the faces of the very proud student artists as they walk in the gallery and see their work framed and hanging along with hundreds of other artworks,” said Operation Art Project Officer for The Arts Unit DEC, Lisa van den Dolder.

“Some students have participated from big city schools, others from tiny country schools. The students create all kinds of works and every year I’m amazed at their limitless imaginations.

“Children have the knack of knowing just what other children would enjoy. We get lots of paintings of pets, because you can’t take your pets into hospital.”

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