Art award does homage to Anzac

2011 winner Gabriele Picard from Northern Beaches Secondary College with NSW RSL president, Don Rowe.

Students are being asked to quite literally paint a picture of what the Anzac spirit means.

The NSW RSL Anzac Art Awards were launched last month by Premier Barry O'Farrell at the department's Bridge Street headquarters in Sydney.

Open to all NSW school students from Years 1-12, the long-running art award celebrates Anzac values, such as respect and remembrance, in a visual context.

Mr O'Farrell said the web-based project had helped foster modern interpretations through the eyes of this generation of young Australians.

"The RSL Art Awards Council has carefully crafted this new scheme to encourage all young people to think about what previous generations of soldiers, sailors and air men have done to serve and defend this great country of ours," he said.

RSL NSW developed the ANZAC Art Project in the 1970s to encourage students to research, learn and appreciate the historical and cultural significance of Australia's traditional links to Anzac Day, from the Gallipoli landing in 1915 through to Australia's involvement in modern-day military conflicts.

This year's Anzac Art Award offers a colouring competition to primary students and a painting competition to secondary students. A special award and medal will also commemorate the outstanding service of the late president of the Teachers RSL Sub Branch, Geoffrey William Falkenmire OAM.

"Mr Falkenmire was a gifted teacher who gave a lifetime of service to both children and adults in this state," Mr O'Farrell said.

A selection of 40 works will become part of an Anzac Collection and is expected to be shown in Sydney to coincide with 'Poppy Week' in November 2013.

Sections of the collection will be exhibited at special functions and RSL events throughout the year in Sydney and regional areas of NSW.

More details about the art awards visit: www.rslanzacartawards.com. The competition closes on 2 November.

Photo: 2011 winner Gabriele Picard from Northern Beaches Secondary College with NSW RSL president, Don Rowe. Photo by David Lefcovitch.

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