Stu­dents’ work ends up in tour­ing art ex­hi­bi­tion

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

TWO St Clair High School stu­dents have had their work se­lected as a part of the Op­er­a­tion Art ex­hi­bi­tion.

Se­lected from more than 850 en­trants, Laura Gage and Sarah Ralph will be among 50 stu­dents to have their art tour the coun­try.

Miss Ralph, 15, she was sur­prised when her art­work was se­lected.

“When I found out I was shocked … art is more like a hobby to me. I just re­ally en­joy do­ing it,” she said.

Af­ter a year-long tour, the art­works Two Worlds (Miss Cage) and My Pool Chair (Miss Ralph) will be­come part of The Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal at West­mead’s per­ma­nent art col­lec­tion.

Op­er­a­tion Art co-or­di­na­tor Lisa Van Den Dolder said that chil­dren’s art could be a pow­er­ful tool in aid­ing re­cov­ery and the 50 pieces dis­play an ar­ray of tal­ent.

“Re­search shows

that bright, colour­ful, op­ti­mistic art­work can play a vi­tal role in the heal­ing process, giv­ing chil­dren an out­let or dis­trac­tion dur­ing long hospi­tal stays, and this year the stu­dents have re­ally cap­tured this con­cept,” Mrs Can Den Dolder said.

“As you walk around the ex­hi­bi­tion, you will be over­whelmed with colour, pos­i­tiv­ity and cre­ativ­ity, it be­comes quite clear how th­ese art­works can help im­prove a child’s mood.”

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