The University of New England Schools Acquisitive Art Prize (UNESAP), which celebrates the emerging artistic talent of school children of all ages, has been one of the most colourful and creative events on the Armidale Calendar for over a decade.
This year, over 500 budding artists from right across regional New South Wales entered their works of art including paintings, drawings, photographs, collages and many other imaginative creations.
A panel of judges this week had the difficult task of narrowing the field down to around sixty finalists, which go on display at in the Let’s Hang It! Exhibition at NERAM next month.
Founder of UNESAP and head of the creative arts education team at UNE’s School of Education, Dr Frances Alter said that the talent displayed by the entrants this year is exciting.
“UNESAP is a wonderful opportunity for us to encourage the enjoyment and practice of the visual arts at regional NSW schools,” Dr Alter said.
“It has been wonderful to see such enthusiastic participation and we have been amazed by the level of talent and creativity shown by students of all ages.”
The competition is made up of four categories based on school level: Infants (Kindergarten – Year 2), Primary (Years 3-6), Junior Secondary (Years 7-9) and Senior Secondary (Years 10-12).
Dr Frances Alter says the selection of the finalists – which includes 15 from each category – is never an easy task.
“This year we are sure people who come to enjoy the exhibition will be as impressed as we are.”
The Let’s Hang It! exhibition of the works of art will debut at NERAM on Friday 18 July with an opening and prize-giving ceremony from 6:00pm. A winning artwork from each of the four categories will be announced, with a prize of cash and art materials for each category. Winners will be chosen by special guest judge, renowned artist Angus Nivison. Attendees at the opening will also have the chance to vote for a ‘People’s Choice Award,’ and there will also be a ‘Director’s Choice Award.’
The winning artworks will become part of UNE’s permanent art collection to be displayed throughout the University campus. The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday 18 July until Sunday 3 August.
For more information on UNESAP: http://www.neram.com.au/unesap2014/