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The Territory’s WWII experience – through young eyes

A very special visual arts project has been launched as part of the Northern Territory Government’s The Territory Remembers program of events.

Middle, senior and university students across the Territory are being asked to use their artistic flair to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin and increase awareness of the Northern Territory’s involvement in World War II through a visual art medium. 

“The Government has allocated $2.25 million in funding for The Territory Remembers program which is being rolled out throughout this year leading up to the 75th anniversary next year,” Arts and Museums Minister Gary Higgins said.

“I’m particularly excited about this element in the program as it will engage students and I’m sure will result in some amazing artistic works.  We anticipate the standard of work and entries will be highly competitive.”

Education Minister Peter Chandler said using art to help educate students about a significant part of the Territory’s history was a great initiative.

“The creative minds of the young can result in artworks which move and astound us, as evidenced by the quality of works we often see in the annual Exit Art exhibition,” Mr Chandler said.

“Marry that with the educative value in highlighting an important part of the Territory’s history and I believe we’ll see some great works which will, in turn, help educate others about our WWII history.”

Mr Higgins joined Year 10 students at Darwin High School today to launch the Arts project.

Darwin High School has a rich WWII history – it is the custodian of a 7lb fragment of bomb casing which was part of the bomb that destroyed the Darwin Post Office on 19 February 1942 and also custodian of the 14th AA Battery’s banner.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Entry is free and registration of entry closes on 27 May 2016.  Artworks are to be completed 24 October 2016.  Winners will be announced on 11 November 2016.

For more information, terms and conditions, and to complete the application form, visit www.territoryremembers.nt.gov.au, email historynt.doam@nt.gov.au, phone 08 8999 5058 or like the TTR Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheTerritoryRemembers/

 

 

Media Contact:

For Minister Higgins – Lorelei Fong Lim, 0400 165 743

For Minister Chandler - Kat Acampora, 0447 826 918