Operation Art – just what the doctor ordered

There is no doubt that creating art has positive benefits to children’s health; but it is knowing that you have put a smile on a child’s face who needs an escape from the reality of medical tests, procedures and treatments that is most valuable.

That is what Operation Art is – the opportunity for children to create a piece of work that will brighten a hospital room and give hope to the kids who are in them. It builds a community that is open to expressing feelings and building confidence in our youth.

The 22nd annual Operation Art exhibition will see student artworks from all over New South Wales channel creativity and positivity in the hope to make unwell children smile.

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Operation Art Project Officer, Lisa van den Dolder, said the artworks on display this year reinforced the power artwork has to influence mood and emotion.

“You can’t help but smile as you walk around the exhibition. The artworks are all so bright, colourful and optimistic, truly reflecting what Operation Art is all about – cheering up children in hospital,” she said.

“This year we have more schools participate in Operation Art than ever before and it is really inspiring to know that behind each of these artworks is a student who wants to help their peers towards recovery. For children in hospital, art offers a place to escape from the real world of tests, procedures and treatments and provides them with a space for their imaginations to thrive and I think the students this year have really understood that.”

The event will also include family activities, science workshops hosted by ANSTO and performances by featured artists from this year’s Schools Spectacular, the NSW Public Schools Millennium Marching Band and the PULSE Public Schools Big Band.

The exhibition is open to everyone, so come along and immerse yourself in the display of hope and sincerity that is Operation Art.

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