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Thursday, 28th July, 2016

Cook (front) wants to get youngsters involved in a giant 3D chalk artwork as part of the Fringe Festival next month. He was pictured with BH Art Exchange project managers James Naismith (back from left), Ricky Elston and Micheal Schoengen who were yesterday preparing a giant blackboard for the project. Cook (front) wants to get youngsters involved in a giant 3D chalk artwork as part of the Fringe Festival next month. He was pictured with BH Art Exchange project managers James Naismith (back from left), Ricky Elston and Micheal Schoengen who were yesterday preparing a giant blackboard for the project.

By Michael Murphy

Youngsters interested in chalking the world’s next masterpiece can add a new dimension to their artistic talents through a scholarship offered by the Broken Hill Art Exchange. 

The iStreet Young People’s Art Scholarship is part of the exchange’s contribution to the Broken Hill Fringe Festival, and it is open to people aged 10 to 15 years.

Six budding artists will be accepted into the program, a series of Sunday workshops headed by TAFE counsellor and artist Gary Cook, who has been experimenting with the third dimension.

“I have been interested in 3D for many, many years,” said Gary, adding that “stereo views” from the 19th century had caught his eye.

“But I also discovered these glasses at an art exhibition at a little gallery on the Gold Coast,” he said.

“You put them and look at a 2D painting and suddenly they turn into 3D ... it’s a separation of colours where some go forward and some go back.”

The Duff Street art group has dabbled with chalk on at least two other occasions, most recently in Patton Street over the Christmas holiday break.

“We found that when you do the chalk on the footpath, you put your glasses on, it suddenly pops up off the foothpath,” Gary said.

“Now we are thinking OK, people walk all over our footpath art, so we are actually going to do it on a board.

“So it will be fairly pristine, and it will jump out from the wall.”

The four workshops will begin on Sunday, August 7, and end with an exhibition of the final work on Sunday, August 28, just after the opening of the Fringe Festival.

Art lovers will be given special glasses to view the giant blackboard art.

Do you want to take part? Call the Broken Hill Art Exchange on 8088 3171 or go to the website brokenhillartexchange.org.au and fill out the form.

Applications close Wednesday, August 3.

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