The Australian Government’s initiative to focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in primary and secondary schools can only be complemented by The Archibull Prize, which encourages students to record their STEM learnings through artistic expression. The agricultural industry, by its nature, incorporates all the aspects of STEM learning and can showcase the careers built around science, technology, engineering and mathematics – careers that will shape the future of Australia.
The Archibull Prize brings agriculture to the nation’s students. Using creative thinking, imagination, innovation and digital technology the aesthetic values of art in The Archibull Prize support the understanding and application of all the STEM subjects.
Schools are eligible to win prizes from a regional prize pool totalling $7000.
A presentation and awards day will be held in November each year at the conclusion of the Archibull Prize.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories for both secondary and primary schools.
Best Cow - $500
Best Blog - $500
Best Animation/Infographic - $500
Points from the artwork (cow) and the blog are then collated to determine Champion Archibull - $1000
The Primary School and Secondary School winners will then compete for the National Archibull Prize title.
In partnership with local councils and the community a public exhibition (where possible) is planned to coincide with judging day.
After the exhibition bulls will be returned to schools for display in a prominent place, or they can be auctioned as a school fund-raiser.
The Archibull Prize is an engaging, fun and interactive way of connecting communities with the people who produce their food and fibre. The program provides a vehicle for farmers and communities to reach out to each other, share stories, have conversations, improve understanding of each other’s wants and needs and work through potential solutions together.