Students showcase creativity at Maritime Art Exhibition

Magnet Gallery Docklands
Brendan Rees

Students at Docklands Primary School have showcased their artistic talents after taking part in an inaugural maritime art exhibition.

The October 17-23 event saw students’ work exhibited at the Magnet Gallery at The District shopping centre, which was organised by the Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network (MMHN) and the Offshore and Specialist Ships Australia.

Students were tasked during their school holidays to create a piece that celebrated Victoria Harbour by drawing inspiration from everything maritime including water, boats, docks wharves, ropes, ship tools, fishing tackle, sails, engines, flags, wind, and more.  

Renowned maritime artist Bridget Thomas assessed more than 100 art pieces and awarded the most interesting work from each grade level. 

All participating students were awarded a certificate of recognition.  

MMHN chair Jackie Watts said the event was an “immense success”, which was held at the same weekend as the Melbourne Boat Show with thousands of visitors flocking to the precinct.  

Ms Watts said volunteers were excited about the quality of the children’s submissions and their enthusiasm for maritime. 

“We hope to hold this event again in 2023. We are grateful for the support of Magnet Gallery, maritime artist Bridgit Thomas, Boating Industry Association of Victoria and the marvellous Docklands Primary School community.”

Docklands Primary School principal Adam Bright all students were thrilled to be part of the event.  

“We are all super proud of the effort that has gone into these artworks,” he said.

“A big thank you to MMHN, OSSA and Magnet for providing this opportunity for our students.” •

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