The Archibull Prize 2011 entries are in and Art4Agriculture is very excited. After months of a process that involves planning, teamwork, learning about sustainability, agriculture and the local environment 21 schools in Western Sydney have finished their artwork.
“The Challenge” was to create an artwork that incorporated each school’s
allocated food or fibre industry (wool, cotton, beef, sheep, dairy and grains)
and why it is important to Sydney families and the community. The students through
their artworks were asked to explore and communicate stories about the
importance of a sustainable approach to feeding Sydney.
Each school was provided with a life size fibreglass cow or calf on which the
students created an artwork about their allocated food or fibre industry, the
farmers who produce it and how this food or fibre is being produced
The types of issues the schools were asked to reflect on include:
- The role of your commodity in feeding and clothing Sydney sustainably
- Understanding the challenges our farmers face to feed people sustainably in a world with a declining natural resource base
- The disconnect between consumers and farmers – how do we find common ground.
- Understanding the disconnect between the food we buy and the impact that it has on the environment when we throw it away.
And just to wet your palette here are some of the entries
This just a taster – watch this space
We will be sharing more of the inspirational artworks of Next Gen during the week