The 2016 WRAD Art in Schools competition will be launched on Friday August 5 with a vision of optimism for the future.

`Optimism: a key to Recovery’ is the theme for the competition which has attracted entries from Brauer College, Emmanuel College, King’s College, Mercy Regional College, and Timboon P-12 School.

The theme has encouraged young artists to highlight the positives of life and to consider the potential the future can hold despite past impacts of drug and alcohol addiction.

WRAD Improved Services Coordinator Angela Alexander said she was impressed, as in the previous four years, by the range of extraordinary student talent represented in the art work.

“We are extremely grateful to the art teachers at schools in Warrnambool and surrounding districts for their enthusiastic support of the WRAD Art in Schools competition and gallery exhibition,” Ms Alexander said.

“The Art in Schools competition provides a unique and valuable voice for youth and showcases talent, while also raising community awareness regarding recovery from addiction,” she added.

Competition winners, including a people’s choice prize, will be announced at 6pm on August 5 at the Outlaw Gallery at the former Fletcher Jones site and the exhibition will run until August 28.

The WRAD Art in Schools competition has been held annually since 2012 and has continued to prompt discussion among art teachers and students about the impact of drugs and alcohol in the community. WRAD remains committed to working with the community to promote good health on a number of levels.