Budding art students shown a road to Art Prize

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IN a Tasmanian first, students from three Hobart public schools have benefited from bus subsidies which have allowed them to experience the works of Australia’s richest landscape art prize firsthand.

Montrose Bay High School was one of three Tasmanian schools named as recipients of the UTAS College of Arts, Law & Education bus subsidies, enabling students and teachers to visit the $100,000 Hadley’s Art Prize finalists’ exhibition on show at Hadley’s Orient Hotel during August.

Prize curator Dr Amy Jackett said this was one of three education initiatives developed by the Hadley’s Art Prize this year, allowing students to engage with art firsthand in a gallery context as part of their learning.

“The experience of seeing and responding to works of art in real life is important, as it enables people to experience the textures, colours, lines and scale of the work, which all greatly contributes to our connection with and subsequent interpretation of artwork,” she said.

“Through this subsidy program, UTAS is encouraging schools to engage in the thriving Hobart arts scene by assisting with the cost of bus travel for students to attend the exhibition.”

Montrose Bay High School art teacher Caitlin Love said her students were excited to have the opportunity to visit the exhibition and see the artworks in the flesh.

“The costs of bus hire can be prohibitive for schools, yet out-of-classroom experiences are proven to aide in engagement and understanding for students,” she said.

“As recipients of this fabulous initiative, we were able to provide our students with an opportunity to gain a greater appreciation of the artworks and the many ways landscape can be interpreted and portrayed.”

Alongside the bus subsidies, a free comprehensive Education Kit aligned with the Australian Curriculum is developed each year by Hadley’s Art Prize and Art Education Australia and is available to all schools ahead of the exhibition.

Schools that engaged with the kit were also able to visit the exhibition free-of-charge and were encouraged to enter the Hadley’s School Art Prize, which could see their school win $1000 worth of art supplies, donated by Artery.

Caption: From left, Montrose Bay High School art teacher Caitlin Love, UTAS Arts Education senior lecturer and Art Education Australia vice-president Dr Abbey MacDonald, Hadley’s Art Prize curator Dr Amy Jackett and art students from Montrose Bay High School.

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