Pottsville Beach Public School student Taylah Hampson is one of 50 young artists whose work has been chosen for this year’s prestigious ‘Operation Art’ touring exhibition on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The work by 11-year-old Taylah, entitled ‘Same and Different’ was selected from more than 850 entrants across NSW and will be on display at the state gallery from Thursday, 18 February to Sunday, 13 March.
After the tour, the artworks will become part of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s permanent art collection, brightening up the walls for patients, their families and staff.
Operation Art co-ordinator, Lisa van den Dolder, said that children’s art can be a powerful tool in aiding recovery and that the 50 selected artworks display an array of talent.
‘Research shows that bright, colourful, optimistic artwork can play a vital role in the healing process, giving children an outlet or distraction during long hospital stays and this year the students have really captured this concept,’ she said.
‘As you walk around the exhibition, you will be overwhelmed with colour, positivity and creativity; it becomes quite clear how these artworks can help improve a child’s mood.’
The Operation Art 2016 exhibition will also tour major regional galleries in NSW throughout the year.
The exhibitions are supported by Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.