November 21, 2017 will not only be Australia’s inaugural National AgDay but also the day the Grand Champion Archibull is crowned, and in preparation the 2017 Archibull Prize judging tour has hit the road.
Thirty schools across New South Wales and Queensland have been busily researching their assigned agricultural industry as part of The Archibull Prize and creating amazing artworks on their once-blank fibreglass cows – artworks that Wendy Taylor will have the difficult job of judging. Wendy has been part of the Archibull Prize judging team since its inception and will judge the story, message, concept, design and techniques of the extraordinary bovine masterpieces.
Thousands of primary and secondary students, from rural and urban schools, have spent the past two terms exploring the 2017 competition theme ‘Feeding, Clothing and Powering a Hungry Nation is a Shared Responsibility’ and combining a newfound knowledge of agriculture with their artistic skills to create their Archies.
The Henry Lawson High School students and staff are no strangers to this exciting competition having had a wonderful success rate being Reserve Grand Champions for the last two years in a row.
On Tuesday, October 10, the judges will be visiting the local high school to assess their 2017 entry.
Mrs Jillian Reidy, THLHS Art teacher and coordinator of the school’s annual archibull creation has praised her student’s efforts, "Once again the students have amazed me with their dedication and hard work. They have produced a fantastic Archibull entry, with all aspects of the submission completed to an outstanding standard.
“Many of them gave up a lot of their own time to complete the entry demonstrating strong teamwork, dedication to the task and wonderful problem solving skills. It is a privilege to work with with the young people of our community." said Mrs Reidy.
The Archibull competition also involves the production of a blog and animation focusing on the current industry and issues relating to this.
In 2017 The Henry Lawson High School’s industry was grains, they selected food security as their focus and their informative blog can be viewed at thlhsarchibull2017.wordpress.comand, this is well worth a look
This year, in conjunction with National AgDay, The Archibull Prize is running an additional competition to encourage agricultural careers, with iPad Minis up for grabs. “Many people think that to have a career in agriculture means being a farmer,” Archibull Prize co-ordinator Lynne Strong said, “but that’s not the case. We want students to combine their passions with agriculture to develop a career in feeding, clothing and powering the world – and that career could be anything from the research laboratory to the boardroom and from robotics to energy production.”
Competition details can be found at:http://archibullprize.com.au/careers/index.html and entries can be submitted via email firstname.lastname@example.org up until 5pm on Tuesday October 31.
The Archibull Prize finalists and their Archies will travel to Sydney Showground Olympic Park for the national awards ceremony on Tuesday November 21, 2017, with winners taking home cash prizes and the prestigious title of Grand Champion. Winners of the National AgDay competition will also be announced at this ceremony.
For more information on the program, please visit http://archibullprize.com.au/