Extraordinary life-size cow shaped artworks from four local schools are on show at the Newcastle Museum through Sunday 26 October as part of the world famous Archibull Prize competition.
Created by students from Hamilton North Public School, Maitland Grossmann High School, Bolwarra Public School and Wiripaang Public School, the “Archies” are part of the Art4Agriculture Archibull Prize.
The Archibull Prize is an innovative and exciting school based program which uses art and creativity to engage young people with sustainability, food and fibre and passionate Young Farming Champions.
The local Archies represent the wool, poultry and cotton industries, which their student creators have spent the last two terms researching, exploring and using as artistic inspiration.
Museum Manager, Public Programs and Visitor Services Samantha Willcox says, “We love engaging with young people to explore their understanding of the world they live in – both past and present. The Archibull Prize program is a really fun way for students to learn about country Australia in a creative way.”
The Archies are likely to see at least 2000 visitors during their week in the museum’s interactive Supernova science area, a hugely popular display amongst young visitors and their families.
The artworks will be on display until Sunday 26 October, before the finalists travel to Sydney for the national Archibull Prize awards.
For more information visit the council website.