More than 30 students from schools across south-west Victoria have illustrated how drugs impact on communities and families. The students have submitted works to the Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD) art in schools competition where they are vying for more than $1000 in prizes.

30 entries

30 entries

WRAD Improved Services Co-ordinator, Angela Alexander, said the competition had uncovered many interesting and thought-provoking pieces of art. “There is a fantastic range of artwork and very impressive creativity,” Ms Alexander said.

Three judges are assessing the entries and the winners will be announced on June 21 during Drug Action Week at the ArtLink building in Koroit Street, Warrnambool. The works will be on display from June 11.

Ms Alexander said the competition had prompted a lot of thought from students about how drugs impact on the community. “Art teachers have told us that the competition has generated interesting discussions among students about drugs, which is one of the main goals,” she said.

Year 9-12 students for Brauer College, Warrnambool College, Mercy Regional College, Camperdown College, Timboon P-12 School, and Mortlake College have submitted entries.

The entries are in a variety of medium, including pen and ink, paint and mixed media. “The students have used a lot of symbolism and developed many interesting ideas in how they see drugs affecting their communities,” Ms Alexander said.

The competition theme was adapted from the Drug Action Week theme of “Drugs, Communities & Families!” that aims to make more Australians awareness of potential problems from drug abuse. The week will also feature daily themes on illicit drugs/stimulants/inhalants, alcohol and tobacco, pharmaceuticals, families and youth issues and building resilience in communities.

The WRAD arts in school competition is being held for the second time and is one of more than 700 events across Australia to mark Drug Action Week.

For more information contact WRAD on 1300 009723.