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Ministers Awards

2005 Education Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Art

24 February 2005

Art works representing the highest standards of achievement by more than 15 000 senior art students in schools across Queensland will be displayed at the Queensland Art Gallery when the 2005 ‘Education Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Art’ opens on 10 March.

Minister for Education and Minister for the Arts Anna Bligh said the Awards, organised by Education Queensland and supported by the Queensland Government, would showcase 47 of the most outstanding examples of art work produced by Queensland’s senior art students.

Ms Bligh said since 1990 the Awards had provided a focus for teachers and students throughout Queensland as well as an opportunity to access the diversity and quality of art produced in secondary schools.

‘These awards represent the calibre of art being produced in schools in Queensland’s major centres, regional districts and remote communities’, she said.

Ms Bligh said the Awards featured a selection of works from entries by approximately 15 000 senior art students from throughout Queensland and remained on view at the Gallery until May 29, 2005.

Following the exhibition in Brisbane, Museum and Gallery Services Queensland will tour the Awards through the state’s regions from June 2005 to November 2006.

Ms Bligh said the Awards revealed the technical quality and depth of concepts being explored by senior art students.

‘The Awards highlight the high standard of work being produced, and the commitment of Queensland’s art teachers and the broader arts industry’, she said.

Ms Bligh said the Awards were indicative of the level of excellence being achieved by Queensland’s future artists.

‘These works are a significant representation of contemporary youth culture, offering insight into life issues that are important to young people, with works referencing gender roles, justice and freedom, and the environment’, she said.

Queensland Art Gallery Director Doug Hall said the Gallery was proud to be hosting the exhibition for the fifth consecutive year.

Mr Hall said Gallery visitors also had the opportunity to hear the artists discuss their work via a video documentary that will be continually screened in the exhibition space.

A full colour catalogue and poster for the Awards is available from the Queensland Art Gallery Store.