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Painting an important picture

Tasmanian school students showcase the art of international humanitarian law

Friday June 26, 2015

Silent wars
Photo: 'Silent Words' by Erin Green

A variety of thought-provoking - and often confronting - artworks on war and conflict went on display this week as part of the Australian Red Cross 2015 Tasmanian Secondary School Multimedia Art Competition.

The annual competition asks entrants to creatively depict the importance of the 'rules of war' and how they protect civilians and communities not involved in conflict. Winners were selected by a panel of professional artists and experts in international humanitarian law.

"It has been very pleasing that high schools and colleges from across Tasmania have taken part in our challenge to create artworks focussed on the laws of war, which protect people who are not involved in conflicts, including civilians, the sick, the wounded, prisoners of war and children," said Kasia Kremzer-Kozlowska, Australian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Officer.

"Every day, millions of children have to cope with the terrible consequences of armed conflicts around the world, in countries from Syria to South Sudan and Myanmar. Too many children are separated from their families as they flee fighting. Many children are forced to fight while others live among unexploded landmines."

The winning entries were;

First Prize

'Child of War' by Niamh Donnelly, Sacred Heart College, New Town

'Omid's Scar' by Kate Van Der Kley, Calvin Christian School

Second Prize

'No More' by Jacqueline Donnelly, Ogilvie High School

'Innocence' by Audrey Jackson, Rosny College

Highly Commended

'Rule 38: Intentionally Directing Attacks Against Buildings Dedicated to Religion Constitutes a War Crime' by Soren Risby, The Friends' School

'War - A Child's Nightmare' by Madison Drake, Ogilvie High School

'This is War', by Isabella Scott, Rosny College  

All works will be exhibited at the Even Wars Have Laws Art Exhibition at Hobart LINC State Library, Level 1, 91 Murray St Hobart until July 31, 2015.