Operation Art 2014


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2014 Closing Date Friday 9 May

Every school in New South Wales is invited to participate in Operation Art 2014, an initiative of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in association with the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities. The Operation Art program provides a forum for schools and students to demonstrate their visual arts achievements through exhibitions at the Armory Gallery, Sydney Olympic Park and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Why participate?

  • All artworks framed and exhibited at Sydney Olympic Park.   
  • 10,000 visitors view the exhibition.
  • 150 works are selected for further exhibition opportunities including 50 selected for a tour series and then given to the Children's Hospital at Westmead.
  • Gives students real purpose for their artmaking - creating art to help children in hospital.
  • Start your own gallery at school when the framed works are returned to you.
  • Provide broader public recognition for your creative students.
  • All students receive printed certificates, invitations and catalogues.
  • Come and be treated like a star artist at the Sydney Olympic Park opening day event.

Conditions of entry

  • Each school may submit up to four works of art from any student in Kindergarten - year 10
  • Theme: Cheerful and uplifting works appropriate for display in hospitals.
  • Entry fee: $88 each artwork inc GST. Government Schools, direct debited, $125 each artwork  inc GST non Government Schools  Download a tax invoice PDF. 
  • Size: Minimum A4 ( 30 x 21cm), maximum A2 ( 42 x 60 cm), depth maximum 5mm 

To enter complete on-line entry form here:

2014 On-line Entry Form


How it Happens

Operation Art exhibition wall

All submitted works will be professionally framed and exhibited at the Armory Gallery Sydney Olympic Park opening on Saturday 6 September 2014.

Students, families, principals and teachers will be invited to attend the official opening.

50 works will be selected to become part of the permanent art collection of The Children's Hospital at Westmead. These selected works will also be exhibited at the Art Gallery of NSW later in 2014 and tour regional art galleries across NSW the following year.

An additional 60 works will also be selected for Operation Art Bank. These will be presented to the children's ward of a country hospital.

Other works will also be selected to hang in the offices of The NSW Commission for Children and Young People in Sydney, The NSW Office of the Children's Guardian, The Royal Commission and at regional Department of Education and Communities offices. All of these works will later become part of Operation Art Bank for presentation to country hospitals.

Schools will receive a framed colour copy of those artworks selected for special exhibition or inclusion in the permanent collection.

Artworks not selected for any of the above special exhibitions may be considered for other visual arts projects such as the Multicultural Calendar and The World’s Biggest Classroom displays and exhibitions. All students will be awarded special congratulatory certificates.

In Term 4, all framed artworks and/or officially framed copies will be returned to the student’s school.

Enquiries concerning Operation Art should be directed to Lisa van den Dolder, Operation Art Coordinator at The Arts Unit on 02 9550 9083.

Creating Your Workoperation artwork of a yellow bear

Students may use a variety of media and materials when creating works for submission to Operation Art. All entries must be 2D forms.

There are also hundreds of examples of student works and lessons available on the Teaching Resources CD available through The Arts Unit. For a more "hands-on" approach, why not look at attending one of the Operation Art Workshops which are held in many locations across New South Wales.

Major Categories of Work

There are seven major categories of work.  Please click on each to see some ideas on how you can create your work in your preferred medium:

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