Stu­dents’ art work on show

Stanthorpe Border Post - - LIFE -

CRISPS Coaches have been a main­stay on the Granite Belt for more than 100 years – but more than that, they’ve been sup­port­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of artists for more than 25 years.

Every year hun­dreds of stu­dents are in­spired to en­ter the Crisps Art Prize, which opens tonight at Stan­thorpe Re­gional Art Gallery.

“It is com­mend­able that this lo­cal busi­ness has con­tin­ued to sup­port this fan­tas­tic youth art prize over this long pe­riod of time,” gallery di­rec­tor Mary Find­lay said.

The theme for the Crisps Art Prize 2018 is Art in Sci­ence.

Both sci­ence and art are hu­man at­tempts to un­der­stand and de­scribe the world around us.

Vis­ual art has been used to doc­u­ment the nat­u­ral world for thou­sands of years, from cave draw­ings of an­i­mals that help to­day’s re­searchers fig­ure out yes­ter­day’s fauna, to paint­ings of cen­turies-old ex­per­i­ments that show us how they were con­ducted.

One of the most fa­mous ex­am­ples of the in­ter­con­nec­tion be­tween art and sci­ence is the work of Re­nais­sance mas­ter Leonardo da Vinci.

This year there were 751 en­trants from five months old to senior stu­dents. That fig­ure is up on last year’s 704 en­tries.

“Every year hun­dreds of stu­dents are in­spired to en­ter the Crisps Art prize,” Ms Find­lay said.

“In to­day’s world when tech­nol­ogy and the screen seem to dom­i­nate youths, this ef­fort by our young peo­ple is in­deed in­spir­ing.”

What al­ways goes un­said is the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion of teach­ers, teacher aides, mums, dads and car­ers, who all helped to en­sure that the art work was done and de­liv­ered amidst a heavy and busy sched­ule.

The Crisps Awards evening will be held tonight from 5.30pm.

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