Building On Art Skills

Building On Art Skills

Publication: Bendigo Weekly

The Bendigo Hospital Project has been busy with extra works of a different kind this month. 

That’s because project consortium Exemplar Health has encouraged the children at Jenny’s Early Learning Centre to don their smocks and enjoy the process of art-making.

It’s all been part of an art auction event held this week, which involved exhibiting the children’s artwork and including each work in a silent auction, with prizes awarded and the proceeds going to help raise funds for the Bendigo Health Foundation. 

In preparation for the event, last month, the young ones at Jenny’s Early Learning Centre, located on the Bendigo Hospital’s Lucan Street site, visited the Bendigo Art Gallery and Arts Hotel, The Schaller Studio, for a good helping of creative inspiration.

Taking a sneak peek and selecting the most outstanding artworks was a judging panel made up of Bendigo Art Gallery senior curator, Tansy Curtin; Coliban Water chief financial officer and Bendigo Health Foundation board member Peter Leersen; Exemplar Health chairman, Stephen McDonough and Victorian Government architect Jill Garner.

The three winners of the competition announced at the event, were Jenny’s Early Learning Centre youngsters Dhanya Jani, Chris Xu and Ben McAuliffe.

Works were selected on the basis of use of colour, choice of subject and popular judges’ choice, and were viewed by the panel at the childcare centre.

According to Exemplar Health chief executive, Michele Morrison, the event, in its second year, highlights the success of the Bendigo Hospital Project and its strong links to community.

“Children need an open-minded attitude to nurture the process of creativity,” she said.