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NO BULL: Rockhampton State High School Students Sascha Dobbs, Bridget Doherty and Cody Olive with agriculture teacher Janine Milne and their 2013 Archibull entry.
NO BULL: Rockhampton State High School Students Sascha Dobbs, Bridget Doherty and Cody Olive with agriculture teacher Janine Milne and their 2013 Archibull entry. Contributed

IT'S a strange mixture of agriculture, art and education, and has taken its title from Australia's most prestigious art award, the Archibald Prize.

But the Archibull Prize, which is open to primary and secondary school students from across the eastern states and the ACT, is something vastly different.

The aim is to engage students in agricultural and environmental awareness through art, design, creativity and teamwork, and offers the opportunity for schools to win cash prizes and gain national recognition.

Expressions of interest are now open for the 2014 Archibull Prize, which encourages schools to transform blank, life-sized fibreglass cows into their own agriculture inspired artworks, while also completing multimedia projects, in competition for cash prizes and the title of grand champion.

Schools are assigned a food or fibre industry to research and teamed up with Young Farming Champions to work with students throughout the project, focusing on the theme of sustainability within their industry.

More than 100 primary and high schools have competed in the Archibull Prize since it started in 2011, with winning schools sharing in up to $3000 prizemoney each year.

Testament to the program's high standing, The Archibull Prize took out the Event of the Year at the Trangie district Australia Day Awards. Trangie Central School's success in the competition as Runner-Up Grand Champion Archibull was deemed by the Mayor of Trangie as "an enormous promotion of Trangie across the whole of Australia - it has absolutely put Trangie on the map".

The project is run through Art4Agriculture, and national program director Lynne Strong said the prize was open to schools from right across the state.

The Archibull Prize provides students with opportunities to meet young farmers and gain knowledge about the production of the food they eat, fibres they use and the environment they live in.

Where to go

For more information or to request an expression of interest application visit www.art4agriculture.com.au/archibull/index.html

Topics:  art education livestock