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Imagining Future Careers: exhibition reveals big aspirations for North-West students

Dream Big - When I grow up 2017

North-West primary school students have illustrated their dream careers through art, in the latest exhibition to open at the Makers’ Workshop.

Presented by the University of Tasmania in partnership with The Advocate, Dream Big features selected artworks by students between Prep and Grade 6, which interpret the theme ‘When I grow up’.

Now in its third year, the 2017 exhibition attracted more than 480 entries highlighting careers which included being teachers, police officers, vets, builders, football players, marriage celebrants, professional motorbike riders, palaeontologists, archaeologists, a bounty hunter and a Lego engineer.

Cradle Coast campus Arts and Public Programs Coordinator Joanna Gair said she was delighted to see a high level of creativity demonstrated by this year’s participants.

“The quality and variety of submissions this year has been spectacular. There are obviously a lot of budding artists in our community,” Ms Gair said.

“An event like this captures the imagination of local children and encourages them to aspire towards a meaningful career.”

The exhibition’s opening address was delivered by the Advocate’s Acting Editor Mr Luke Sayer, who said it was positive to see the ambitions of local schoolchildren extending beyond the classroom.

“The diversity of careers has been really encouraging, and it is great to see that kids are thinking so broadly about the future things they can do,” Mr Sayer said.

“The exhibition really highlights the enthusiasm they have for life after completing their formal schooling, and we welcome this year’s strong participation by students from right across the region.”

The Dream Big exhibition was professionally curated, with certificates and prizes awarded to entries which best articulated the student’s chosen ambition at the opening event on Thursday, 6 July.

More than ten primary schools were represented in this year’s entries, with Grade 2 students submitting the largest number (130) followed by Prep and Grade 1.

Forming an early part of the University of Tasmania’s National Science Week Program, the Dream Big exhibition will continue in the Makers’ Space Gallery until Monday, 21 August.

Published on: 07 Jul 2017 8:48am