The world needs creative, innovative and courageous young people who can connect, collaborate and act. We know that youth may only be 20% of the population but they are 100% of the future. The time is now to let them share their dreams and design the future they want to see.
Thinking about a career in agriculture or thinking about showcasing a career in agriculture by sharing your story? Well we have the perfect vehicle for you
One of the great outcomes each year when we review the Archibull Prize Exit surveys is to see how much impact our Young Farming Champions have on the students and teachers.
Part of the program connects schools with Young Farming Champions – who are based all over the state (some in and around capital cities) and have found their way into agriculture through many different and interesting avenues.
This year alone we have agronomists, meat marketers, cotton growers, wool classers and auctioneers, wool producers, veterinarians, dairy farmers, beef producers and grazing land management officers… to name a few! And they all love talking about their jobs. You can read a little more about them here
We ask the students participating in the Archibull Prize the questions “Do you think agriculture is interesting?” and ‘Do you think agriculture is a good career choice for a young person?’ and the results are a resounding yes
Expressions of interest are now being called for the 2014 Young Farming Champion!
Art4Agriculture’s Young Farming Champions program for 2014 will train a team of 12 young farmers from regional Australia to actively engage with students in their local schools. The student groups will enter their project work to win the ‘Archibull Prize’.
Our Young Farming Champions will also have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive and diverse array of initiatives offered by our supporting partners. These events will provide a platform from which to develop, build and strengthen the capacity of the Young Farming Champions and allow primary industries to develop key farmer-to-stakeholder and farmer-to-consumer relationships.
Through their involvement in Art4Agriculture school programs our Young Farming Champions will be able to directly market their food or fibre industry and its diverse career pathways to a captive and relevant audience.
The legacy of the Young Farming Champions program is to create an Australia wide network of enthusiastic young professionals and build their capacity to promote Australian agriculture as a dynamic, innovative, rewarding and vibrant industry.
The program connects young people from different food and fibre industries. They get to see their similarities, they find common ground, they realise each has issues that are just as challenging, and they learn how they can help each other.
They see the agricultural community can be designed by their choices. They see the future is not out there; it’s not happening to us – we’re the creators.
Its now time to reveal the Winner of the Grand Champion Archibull for 2013
The judges have travelled over 4500km to talk to the students and view their artwork. They have spent 1000’s of hours reading blogs and reviewing PowerPoint and video entries and now the points have been collated.
The awards venue has been found, the finalists have been announced, the herd rounded up and loaded, invitations sent, community fund raising events have been held to fly rural students to Sydney, Young Farming Champions have packed their bags to take the road trip, special guests will be there and tension is mounting .
Now in the spirit of building that tension even further before we make the big announcement lets take a quick reflection on why it all began
Everybody has to eat, everybody needs to wear clothes, everybody needs to have shelter. Yet like many other people around the world Australians tend to give very little thought to the origins of where our food and fibre comes from let alone the people who grow and produce it.
As passionate producers and loud and proud producer AGvocates the team at Art4Agriculture found this sad but also exciting.
We saw this disconnect as a great opportunity to jump in and join the next generation mosh pit of bright minds and ideas for unbridled thinking and questioning and come up with new ways of having powerful conversations and forging new boundary-busting connections between producers and consumers.
What better way to do this than tap into areas that agriculture wouldn’t normally reach through art and multimedia and leverage off Australia’s most famous art prize
Hence the Archibull Prize was born.
Each year the Archibull Prize Awards and Exhibition Ceremony brings bright young Australian minds and their big ideas together to share agriculture’s story through art and multimedia
Each year the ideas get bigger, the innovation seems apparently unparalleled and the technology mind-blowing
Without further ado it gives Art4Agriculture great pleasure to introduce the winners in all three categories and the Grand Champion Archibull for 2013
1.The Champion Primary School Archibull Prize Winner is Gwynneville Public School l
The Gwynneville team with Claudia Wythes from AWI
Gwynneville Public School, Wollongong artwork entry Baa Baa Bovine
Day 7 took us from Junee to Boorowa and School’s Twenty Nine and Thirty with Boorowa Central School (Primary) first up
“Patchetta” is bold and colourful and tells a wonderful story about wool.
She has multi coloured ‘patches’ with images and information which is relevant to various sectors of the wool industry in Australia. The content of these sectors was driven by the research groups that the class was divided into. These sectors included: What can wool be made into; Different types of wool; A photo collage; A timeline of the wool industry in Australia; Shearing tools; Different places that sell wool; Fleecy and Woolly facts; and Scarf felting.
Each group did their research work, and then designed their own ‘patch’ on “Patchetta” to tell their story. The combination of these patched stories gives a wonderfully complete picture of the wool industry.
The felted scarf is colourful, beautiful and very well made! The perfect accessory!
Next up was School Thirty: Boorowa Central School (Secondary)
“Archibella Milkshake Boo” very much has her own personality. Her unusual name was the result of suggestions from the school community. “Archibella” (because she is a female Archibull!) and “Milkshake” were the two favourite names chosen by the school, and “Boo” stands for Boorowa.
Her personality shines through everything on her, but particularly is reflected through her makeup and the flamboyant socks (from Crookwell), her scarf and her horn decorations.
This school took a unique approach to their Archie:
“though our fibre was wool, we decided to tell our wool story with the assistance of the beef meat cuts, to translate the connection between the cow canvas and the fibre we were allocated. In the various cuts of meat, the Boorowa Central Archibull team translated their interpretation of what wool meant to the township of Boorowa.”
Junee High School and its feeder primary schools – Junee Public School, Ilabo Public School, Eurongilly Public School and Junee North Public School tackled the wool industry for the 2013 Archibull Prize
The 4 primary schools were involved in the painting of the mini Archie “Micron” who is very unique. Never before have we had a little calf that has been such a team effort! Each school was assigned one quarter of Micron and could decorate her in any way they chose.
Each story is remarkably different, with a different stylistic approach and emphasis, though all are firmly embedded in the wool industry.
Junee North Public School created a vibrant woollen patchwork effect, to take us visually ‘from the catwalks to backyards’, and looks at the multitude of products created from wool. A patch of actual knitted wool, complete with knitting needles, finishes the picture.
Ilabo Public School highlighted the importance and significance of the environment to the wool industry. They also identified some of the features that are critical to sheep and to wool production, including feed and water.
Eurongilly Public School showed us a timeline of wool production – from wool on a sheep, to wool in packs leaving the farm. They feature actual samples of wool and of a wool pack.
Junee Public School created a visual narrative of the wool consumer. Shown through black and white imagery, the consumer is literally surrounded by everything that has been considered when creating and buying a woollen product.
Great collaborative effort to all four schools!
School Twenty Eight: Junee High School
“Meria” gives the phrase ‘riding on the sheep’s back’ new meaning!
The name “Meria” represents all Merino sheep (and other sheep too!), with an ‘A’ for Australia at the end. She tells us all about the wool industry in Australia.
She starts on the farm (as you would expect!) and gives us a pictorial timeline from sheep on the farm, to the shearing shed and its operation (which you can open and peer into), and then to the transportation of wool away from the farm.
She then continues the story on her other side, with the processing, the export of wool to the world and the final products. A spinning wheel spins a thread around these stories linking them together.
Riding on her back, under the shade of the tree (that becomes her tail) are a pen (made from shearing combs) of woolly sheep waiting to be shorn. On the knitted patchwork of paddocks underneath, stands the shorn sheep (including the lone black sheep of the family!).
Her face tells us many of the colloquial sayings which revolve around the wool industry, such as ‘clipped by the shears’ or ‘pulling the wool over my eyes’.
School Twenty Six of the Epic 2013 Archibull Prize judging road trip saw Wendy and Lynne visit Trangie via Dubbo for the first time
Trangie Central School’s “John Bull” is a MACHINE! Lights, sounds and action! He is a very clever cow who can teach you a lot about the cotton picker and its processes. He is the King of the Paddock!”
John Bull (like his namesake John Deere) is integral to the cotton industry, and focuses in particular on the technical aspects of the industry. He is based on the revolutionary John Deere 7760, which is the most advanced cotton picker available. His paint is even authentic John Deere paint! Very authentic!
He uses actual yellow cotton picker ‘boots’ at the front to pick the cotton and to discard the trash. The circuitry on his sides represents the technology and microchips that help machinery such as this to run. The iPad embedded in his side adds to this and tells even more stories about cotton.
Cotton is caught at the front, picked and sorted as it moves through the cow, to emerge briefly on its way to the catcher where bales are formed. The bales are held, and then dropped at the end of the row.
In this case, the cotton bales are very unique and show the process from a mini raw cotton bale, to refined and then to one made from cotton products. This bale also shows logos of local cotton groups and producers, as well as sample pouches of the stages of cotton production and the by-products.
All that is left to tell of the cotton story from Trangie is the postcode of where John Bull was made and where he lives – 2823 written proudly on his side!
Continuing on our epic judging day at the Rouse Hill Town Centre library
School Twenty Two was Model Farms High School
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Wool I Am. The super-cow! He has his cape (made from knitted patchwork squares) flying behind him and a knitted mask..
This is a cow in a form we have never seen before! By breaking the cow into three separate pieces, it allowed them to individually showcase different areas of the wool industry. The initial idea came from the desire to view the cow from multiple angles and to see different elements each time.
Each of the segments tells a story about a different part of the wool industry. The front segment represents ”the farm, the pastures the sheep in their fields” (as well as being filled with balls of wool which represent bales of wool ready for export).
The centre segment represents “the label from a ball of wool and includes some of the important information that encourages us to buy the product”. The interior of this segment depicts the internal organs of a cow.
The rear segment “reflects the business end of the wool industry, once the wool has left the farm”. Spirals of smoke tell us what the main woollen products are. “The embroidered end describes the processes used on a farm and life from shearing the sheep, wool types and the export of bales”.
A truly inventive cow!
School Twenty Three was Elizabeth Macarthur High School
Eye-popping colour, clean lines and a clear message are all shown by “Apple” at first glance. Her name (which links to a sheep from the schools’ farm) is the most mysterious part of her!
“Apple” shows a whole world of influences as she speaks about the Australian wool industry. She uses simplicity and a series of wrapped woollen images, overlaid on a simplified paddock backdrop with layers of earth below. This backdrop wraps all the way around the cow to give her a beautiful consistency.
Her impeccably wrapped woollen images show, on one side, the world (as we export a large portion of our wool), and on her other side an image of the iconic shearer from the early Australian painting by Tom Roberts called “Shearing the Rams”. The Woolmark and Woolblend logos also feature.
“Apple” also references the classic Holeproof TV ads where the farmer puts his sheep in bright red Holeproof socks.
The eye-popping red contrasts beautifully with the vibrant woollen and painted images. The red is picked up again in her wrapped horns and tail and in the bunch of apples which hang around her neck like a series of cowbells.
School Twenty Four was Winmalee High School
“Winmeatlee” takes the beef industry from ”farm to plate”, and tells the story of how Australian cattle feed a nation of hungry meat lovers.
With strong stylistic influences drawn from Roy Lichtenstein and Howard Arkley, “Winmeatlee” was always going to be bold and vibrant. She is definitely a modern cow appealing to a modern audience! She references mass media and youth culture.
One side of “Winmeatlee” tells the ‘farm’ story, while the other side tells a ‘suburban’ story. The base links from farm to consumer, though the stories of export, meat cuts and some of the benefits of eating beef. Her feed trough cleverly does not contain food for her, but instead contains food we eat. The meals represented were chosen as the results of a school survey of the most common beef meals.
Her consistent styling links all components of the story together beautifully and she is sure to catch the eye of anyone passing by!
School Twenty Five: Jamison High School
“Hathor” (which is one of the Egyptian names for their goddess of agriculture) takes us on a journey around the world!
This world trip passes through the main countries which Australia exports beef to, and depicts these countries through an iconic image associated with that country. Amongst these images we see the Statue of Liberty (representing the USA), the Great Wall of China (representing China), Babushka dolls (representing Russia) and camels representing the Middle East.
Secondary countries which Australia exports beef to are shown through an image of their flags. Different cattle breeds and butchers shops are also shown.
At her feet, this goddess has a well-travelled suitcase, filled with the essentials for any discerning traveller (of the bovine variety) and becomes her passport to travel the world.
Day 5 took us back to the Rouse Hill Town Centre where we had the first launch of the Archibull Prize in 2010
We have 7 schools today so it will be very interesting!
As a taster here are Wendy’s insights into the first 3
School Nineteen was Arndell Anglican College
“Jersey” tells the story of the “threads that bind us together”.
She talks about the final products made from much of the cotton industry in Australia –clothes.
The story starts with plain white cotton clothing on the washing line. This is a typical Australian image that we can all identify with and immediately recognise. Shown are the basic clothes for all of us – sox, underwear, singlets and t-shirts.
From this image, she then progresses to a bright series of complex geometric patterns which represent some of the retro fashion styles found in 2013.
To emphasize that cotton is the core of the fashion industry, “Jersey’s” internal organs are shown as being made from intertwined cotton plants.
The picnic basket on her side shows the different stages of cotton production, as cotton samples in bottles.
School Twenty was Caroline Chisholm College
Having won the Archibull Prize in 2011 and best cow in 2012 with two cows dedicated to telling a very thorough, easy to identify story in an interactive way we were looking forward to seeing what the girls had come up with this year.
It was soon very clear the girls have chosen the same focus this year . There is not much which “Salvador” doesn’t tell us about the cotton industry in Australia, and each part has been shown in an unusual way! He has been designed to appeal to a wide variety of viewers from small children to farmers.
Salvador is part of a cotton picker!
On the tailgate of the picker, a timeline of cotton growth is shown, both through words and visually through key parts of the cycle forming a pop-up book. These key elements –seed germination, vegetatvie state and then flowering, all lead to Salvador himself who is the mature cotton boll. Harvesting is then shown through the cotton picker (which Salvador is driving).
The history of cotton and the production cycle are shown on the melting clock faces on either side of Salvador, reminiscent of “melting Clocks” by Dali.
The blocks at the front of the picker, connect to smaller children and tell stories about pests, the products that can be produced from 1 bale of cotton, growing of cotton through the seasons and the importance of Australian cotton.
The drip irrigation on the udder shows the importance of water to the industry and also how technical the industry has become.
Next up was School Twenty One Cranebrook High School
This cow shakes, rattles and rolls!
“HarMoony” is bright and bold and takes a very different approach to the Beef industry in Australia. The approach was to look at the industry through the ways they are trying to harmonise with the environment and with nature.
They chose to do this through a play on the word ‘harmony’. An interactive approach was taken and a multitude of musical instruments are used.
Here is a little movie I made just to show how clever HarMOOny is
She has chosen the simple and striking colour of bright orange as her base. This is the identifying colour of Harmony Day. The simple black contrast of the words, statistics and musical instruments works well.
She will be a favourite with the kids, but may come home a little worse for all the wear she will certainly get!
On Day Four of our Epic Archibull Judging Tour of 2013 found us on the beautiful central coast .
Still predominately following our time schedule, (much to everyone’s surprise -especially us!) and having a great time seeing all these wonderful Archibull cows and meeting the very clever students and teachers who have put their heart and souls into their 2013 Archibull Prize entries over the last 6 months.
School Fifteen was Northlakes High School
A Starry Starry night, Cornfields (turned into fields of cotton!), a palette of blue and green, and a bandaged head where his left ear used to be. (It is now in a box at his feet, waiting to be sent to his beloved, Rachel.
This Archibull is expressive and beautifully painted. It tells a wonderful story about Vincent van Gogh as well as the cotton industry. Growing fields of cotton are shown, as well as the end product (the cotton doilies and cotton bandage). The importance of water to the cotton industry is expressed by the watering can, hovering over the entire scene.
This “Homage to Rachel” also has a subtle “Where’s Wally” theme going through the use of the Cotton Australia logo. How many can you find?
School Sixteen was Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Berkeley Vale Campus
“Casey Cotton Boll” is very unique (a little bit of an understatement!)
She shows three distinct facets of the cotton industry –the planting and harvest of cotton, the manufacture of cotton thread and the transformation of cotton thread into clothing. Each of these facets is shown on a different side of the cow.
That’s right! Three sides to this cow!
No, she is not triangular, but has been split in half lengthwise. This has allowed the school to show each story separately.
One side, through the stylistic influence of Brett Whitely, covers the growth cycle of cotton from seed to harvest. It also shows some of the technology used, the integrated pest management and the importance of water.
Her other side tells of the cotton which is exported to be ginned, processed and made into clothing in India and other countries. This has been shown through the delicate motifs of textile patterns and prints of India and Bangladesh, as well as imagery of the Sacred Cow.
The inside of Casey is stylistically very different again. She stands on a suitcase, which represents the export of raw cotton overseas, and shows the final product as we commonly see it –clothes. It also links to their Young Farming Champion – Richie Quigley.
School Seventeen was Turramurra High School
“Mootilda Purl” does not moo. She bleats like a sheep!
She is, after all, a cow in sheep’s clothing! Her woolly coat is 100% Australian made and will keep her as warm as toast all through winter.
It showcases the flags of the three main countries that Australia exports wool to –China, India and Italy. She talks about the fact that while Australia exports most of its wool, we also import finished wool products back into Australia.
She has gorgeous, grassy green knitted legs with bright coloured flowers, seemingly picked up while she was frolicking in a paddock.
We were back again to the idyllic setting of the Arts and Crafts Pavilion at Berry Showground for day 2 of judging
We thought we were running on time to start, but we didn’t count on the enthusiasm of the students and teachers with two school arriving before us!
At least we aren’t starting late.
First cab of the rank was Kiama Public School
Pablo ……..has worms!
Actual, living, breathing worms! (This is a first for us!)
Even better……….the worms have been yarn-bombed!
Now, don’t get too excited! The worms were not individually yarn-bombed (too wiggly I assume), but their worm farm was. It is part of Pablo’s story about Permaculture and sustainable agriculture.
Pablo himself was also yarn-bombed. He shows the digestive processes -from eating grass, to digestion, then manure, and then turning the manure and compost back into grass to start the cycle over again (this is where the worm farm comes in!).
Great story shown in a clever way. Well done! Nice use of worms.
Second cab of the rank was Vincentia Public School and still running on time –Yay!)
They have name their Archie Booderee which is Aboriginal for Bay of Plenty, and that is exactly what this little cow shows- Plenty!
She is literally covered from nose to tail in a detailed collage of images drawn by the students. The images depict many of the plants and animals which are significant to aboriginal life in their local area. These have then been interspersed with relevant photos. Strong bands divide the images according to type.
Her head shows images of their local area, while her tail shows images of the amazing ‘bush tucker trail’ created by the school.
In the words of Vincentia Public School:
“Booderee” is like no other calf in Australia. He represents the beautiful area we live in with its wonderful cultural, spiritual and traditional significance of the Aboriginal people.”
Day 2 continued ………………………
School Seven was Bega Valley Public School
Buttercup is immediately noticeable.
She is distinct and finely detailed. Her buttercup yellow base (a very appropriately named cow!) is overlaid with striking aboriginal motifs, which form a map of the local area. It shows where the main farming communities are and the paths people take to get to each area, as well as important local mountains and landforms.
The Aboriginal design elements make this cow unique. The students involved learnt about their culture as a result of the artistic process. We discussed the unique way that aboriginal artists use symbols to tell stories about their land, and used these to represent the beef and dairy communities in our region.
Her consistent styling makes this a very appealing Archibull.
School Eight was up next and that was Shoalhaven High School
I am not sure that this cow was named correctly, because it is not her udder that is brilliant (though it is not bad in the slightest!) It is her unique stomach that expands your mind! (“Stomach Brilliance” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it though!)
She sends a very detailed message to all about the importance of natural resource management in the dairy industry as well as the increasing use of technology and mechanisation in the industry.
The natural resource base that the industry relies upon for sustainable increases in efficiency is the legs and the living pasture foundation. Her body is about mechanisation and innovation in milking technology and the biomechanical processes of milk production.
But…… back to her brilliant stomach now. Anyone who sees it will definitely remember it. Her side opens up and a material model of an actual sized ruminant digestive system can be pulled out. Details about each of the four stomachs roles are written on it.
It is not slimy or real, but simply “Udderly Brilliant”!
School Nine was St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School
For a fresh take on the beef industry, you really must try the food at Lim’s Cafe! It is theplace to be seen.
You see…. there’s this really bright young Archibull called Lim, who has his own little cafe (no long legs allowed!). They serve a wide variety of tasty beef dishes which are all fully explained on the detailed and very informative menu. The decor is bright and colourful with quite a spotted feel to it. The waiters are extremely helpful and informed about the lovely creations of Chef Lim. Even the flooring of this little cafe transports you out into the green countryside!
If you are particularly lucky, you may even get the chance to have Chef Lim himself come out and tell you about the wonderful creations he has produced. He really was quite fascinating.
Overall, I felt that Lim’s Cafe provided a lovely dining experience for a judge who needed to ‘Spring into Beef’!
School Ten was Gwynneville Public School
Baa Baa Bovine will be extremely cosy this winter. She has her own teddy and her own paddock and is wearing and amazing jumper.
Her woolly jumper is made from a wonderful patchwork carefully stitched together (with wool of course!) showcasing the differing types of woollen finishes available. She has been crocheted, knitted, felted, appliquéd, recycled, darned and many more. Her legs have been wrapped, and her hair will keep her head warm all through winter.
She is ready for another “Winter Woollies Day” at Gwynneville Public School, (however I think they must have forgotten to check if they got all of the knitting and sewing needles out before she put her jumper on –very uncomfortable!) She wears many labels and tells a wonderful story.
She is literally ‘Wrapped up in Yarn’.
Baa Baa Bovine also wrapped up our time in Berry.
Now it was off to Sydney for Day 3
A big ‘thankyou’ to all schools involved in the Berry Exhibition for their wonderful Archies, their clever students and teachers and their enthusiasm.