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Visual arts an important part of curriculum

Artwork by some of the Territory’s most creative Year 12 students of 2016 will be showcased at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) as part of the annual Exit Art exhibition. 

Officially opening the 24th Exit Art exhibition, Education Minister Eva Lawler, said visual arts formed an important part of the school curriculum.

“All children and young people have a right to access a high-quality education and visual arts forms part of a high-quality education system,” Ms Lawler said.

“To give Territory children every opportunity to excel we are investing an additional $124 million into our education system.

“Events like Exit Art show what can be achieved by students who are successful learners.

“Exit Art demonstrates the importance of visual arts in our school curriculum by promoting creativity and diversity and providing students with an opportunity to showcase their works ahead of future study and employment.”

The exhibition features 56 pieces created by Year 12 students who completed Visual Arts as part of their Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training in 2016.

“There are many employment pathways in the creative arts industry, so by featuring in Exit Art students develop a portfolio that demonstrates their capabilities to universities and potential employers,” Ms Lawler said.

 “I would like to commend the teachers who have supported our talented students to create their incredible pieces.”

This year’s artworks have been produced by students from government and non-government schools from Darwin, Palmerston, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and the Tiwi Islands.

Works from Exit Art are available for purchase and will be on show at MAGNT from 5.30pm Thursday February 9 until June 4.

Media Contact: Fred McCue 0427 584 040