Another year, another smiling child

Back for its 23rd year, Operation Art brings 796 artworks from 910 students across 254 NSW schools to Sydney Olympic Park.

We have invited guest blogger, Lisa van den Dolder who is the Project Officer for Operation Art, to provide a special insiders view on the amazing program that continues to bring smiles to sick children’s faces year after year:

“Each year, students throughout the state use their passion for arts to transform the lives of sick children in hospital. With very few guidelines and limitless possibilities, students from Kindergarten to Year 10 are able to express themselves through colours, lines and shapes with the sole purpose to motivate and sooth patients in hospital.

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One of the many artworks on display this year. Image: Department of Education

From the moment you walk into the exhibition, Newington Armory Gallery positively radiates from the walls; the emotion packed paintings fill every corner and tell their own story. This is just the beginning for over 700 children who have spent hours perfecting their works of art, as for many, these artworks will make their way to various hospitals across NSW and give sick children an extra boost of brightness and positivity to fight their illnesses.

The teachers of these students believe this gives them the opportunity to “foster their learning of giving to others who are less fortunate than they are” and it is “creating art for a purpose”.

For the students, it is “seeing other people’s artworks helping the community” that resonates with them most.

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One of the many artworks on display this year. Image: Department of Education

Operation Art, an initiative of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in association with the New South Wales Department of Education and in collaboration with Sydney Olympic Park Authority, involves school students from Kindergarten to Year 10 in all NSW schools creating artworks for children in hospital. Operation Art is made possible by the generous support of ANSTO and will be open daily from 9 September to 29 October, 10am to 4pm, at Newington Amory Gallery in Sydney Olympic Park.”

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