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Young minds encouraged to Dream Big in online exhibition

Dream Big 2020

Primary school students from across the Cradle Coast region are being invited to present their future career aspirations in an upcoming online exhibition.

Dream Big is an annual community engagement initiative proudly presented by the University of Tasmania and The Advocate newspaper, with the support of the Children’s University and the BIG Committee.

This fun project encourages young people between Prep and Grade 6 to interpret the theme ‘When I grow up’ through a drawing or a piece of creative writing.

Cradle Coast campus Arts and Public Programs Coordinator Joanna Gair said Dream Big had been presented annually in the North-West since 2015, attracting around 500-600 entries each year.

“Dream Big provides a catalyst to learn about what inspires our primary school students and to discover what they want to do with their lives,” Ms Gair said.

“Over the past five years, Dream Big has developed into a joyous celebration of student aspiration, culminating in a highly-engaging exhibition presented at Burnie’s Makers’ Workshop.

“We were disappointed to think that in 2020, the event might not go ahead because of the COVID-19 restrictions, but when we started exploring what might be possible, it became clear that a digital exhibition would offer an even better outcome, allowing a greater number of students to participate.

“Last year, we invited speakers representing popular careers to our exhibition opening. The feedback we received showed us that students really appreciated hearing from real Tasmanians working in real jobs.

“We’re going to extend this aspect of the event in 2020 to include a presentation of short video diaries from a range of inspirational guest speakers, including a nurse, a farmer, a pharmacist and a police officer, from right across our region.”

All submitted entries will be exhibited in an online gallery on The Advocate newspaper’s Facebook page.

Additionally, a panel of judges will select three finalists and five runners-up from each grade.

Editor of The Advocate Luke Sayer said he hoped this year’s online format would encourage even more young people to get involved.

“Dream Big art has always been about dreaming of the future,” Mr Sayer said.

“Now, while many of us are at home, is a chance for our next generation to dream a little about what they might like to be when they grow up.

“Over the years we’ve had some fantastic artworks created and a huge variety of jobs which the young people of the region think they might like to do one day.”

Dream Big forms part of the University’s annual exhibition program in the Cradle Coast region and is an official Children’s University learning activity.

The exhibition will go live on 17 June, with an opening introduction to be presented by University Vice-Chancellor Professor Rufus Black.

Entries can be submitted via The Advocate's website and close on 8 June.

Further information can be found at:

Keep an eye on The Advocate’s Facebook page for updates and guest videos over the coming weeks:

This year's Dream Big exhibition is also generously supported by Rotary Passport Club and Hydro Tasmania.

Pictured from left; Advocate Editor Luke Sayer, Cradle Coast campus General Manager Danielle Kidd and Arts and Public Programs Coordinator Joanna Gair.

Published on: 15 May 2020 5:31pm