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Minister's Awards

Outstanding art works by Queensland senior art students - Minister's Awards for Excellence in Art 2003

12 February 2003

An exhibition of outstanding art work by Queensland senior art students will open at the Queensland Art Gallery on 20 February and continue until 5 May 2003.

The 'Minister's Awards for Excellence in Art 2003' brings together 46 selected works representing the highest standards of achievement by more than 16 000 senior art students in state and non-state schools across Queensland.

Minister for Education, Anna Bligh, said the Awards, organised by Education Queensland and supported by the Queensland Government, provided a focus for teachers and students throughout Queensland to appreciate the diversity and quality of work being produced in secondary schools.

'These awards represent students from major centres, regional districts and remote communities, and indicate the level of excellence being achieved by Queensland's future artists,' Ms Bligh said.

'The technical quality and depth of concepts explored in the exhibition not only highlight the high standard of work being produced by senior students, but also the commitment of their art teachers and the broader arts industry.'

Minister for the Arts, Matt Foley, said the Queensland Art Gallery was proud to be hosting the exhibition in 2003 for the fourth consecutive year.

'The selected works cover a broad range of media and give audiences an exciting glimpse of the future of art in Queensland,' Mr Foley said.

'These works also offer an insight into the things that are important to young people, with works referencing issues such as gender roles, justice and freedom, and the environment.'

Gallery visitors also have the opportunity to hear from the artists whose work is included in the exhibition by viewing a video documentary screened in the exhibition space.

An exhibition catalogue and poster will be available from the Gallery Store.

Admission to the 'Minister's Awards for Excellence in Art 2003' is free.