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Children's University art in residence at Government House

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The Ballroom at Government House is doubling as an art gallery to display the amazing talent of Children's University Tasmania students.

Government House, in collaboration with the Peter Underwood Centre, at the University of Tasmania, launched an art project in six Children's University Tasmania member schools last year.

Students were provided with canvas boards, art supplies and photographic images of Government House and special features of the buildings and estate.

Her Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker AC, Governor of Tasmania, said the project was one of the ways Government House was connecting with schools and engaging young people in creativity and learning.

"The intention is to invite a few primary schools each year to create Government House-related artworks," Her Excellency said.

"The collection is intended to be acquisitive, with selected works retained by Government House...

"The collection will in this way grow, hopefully to become a unique and permanent art collection, exhibited regularly at Government House and potentially elsewhere."

Four schools - East Devonport Primary, East Tamar Primary, Bothwell District High School and Rokeby Primary - have returned their students paintings.

Her Excellency said the works had been created with great commitment and were very impressive.

"Some of the works are of exceptional quality," she said.

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Peter Underwood Centre Deputy Director Aspiration and Attainment, Dr Becky Shelley, said the art project was a perfect fit for Children's University, which encourages and celebrates learning outside school hours.

"The Peter Underwood Centre has a very valuable relationship with Government House," Dr Shelley said.

"Her Excellency is the chair of our Advisory Committee, and a great supporter of our work, and the Children's University Tasmania program in particular.

"Government House has hosted many events for us, including a school holiday visit by Children's University families only last week.

"We are very grateful Government House is providing such a great informal learning activity as this art project for Children's University members."

Children's University families enjoy a school holiday program at Government House.