Conference invites you to share ‘hard yards’ through art

Children and young people from across Victoria will have the opportunity to express themselves through art and win $500 as part of a competition to create an original artwork for the Hard Yards: Children Who Challenge conference hosted by La Trobe University in Bendigo on August 16-17.

And we’d love to see you, our friends and supporters, get involved.

Hard Yards: Children Who Challenge is a one-day conference, repeated over two days, designed to help teachers, health and community workers, advocates and families learn new skills to support children living with challenges, such as a learning impairment, trauma, homelessness or bullying, achieve their full potential.

La Trobe University Associate Professor of Inclusive Education, Dr. Mary Keeffe, said evidence showed that a person’s life successes, health and emotional wellbeing have their roots in childhood.

“We know that if we get it right in the early years, we can expect to see kids thrive at school and in their adult lives,” Dr Keefe said.

“However, lots of children face obstacles beyond their control; it’s important teachers, health and community workers are well-equipped to support families navigate through difficult times and create positive environments that empower children to embrace their unique skills and achieve their best.

“To help us capture what it’s like for young people facing challenges, we’re inviting children and teens from across Victoria to create original artwork, based on the theme ‘What does putting in the ‘hard yards’ look like to you?’, with the winning design used in the poster and promotional material for the 2018 conference.”

The competition is open to young people aged five to 18 years, and all entries must meet the following guidelines:

Categories: Junior: 5-13 years | Senior: 14-18 years
Size: A4 (210mm × 297mm)
Medium: Artwork may be created in any medium, including digital, oil, acrylic, pencil, ink, mixed medium or photography
Originality: All artworks must be your own work and not copied from another source
Description: What’s your artwork about? Describe your inspiration in 100 words or less

The winner of each category will receive a $500 first prize. Two highly-commended artists in each age group will also be acknowledged for their hard work.

Completed entries must be sent and received as a hard copy and/or USB to Dr Mary Keeffe, School of Education, La Trobe University, PO Box 199, Bendigo, Victoria, 3552 before 5pm, 18 March 2018.

For more information about Hard Yards: Children Who Challenge or to download a copy of the competition poster, entry form and guidelines, click here.

Tickets cost $220 per person. Book before July 6 to secure the early-bird price $175. Book now.