Kilbreda College a Kildare Education Ministries School in the Brigidine Tradition

The Archibull Prize  -  2014

Hi, I’m Georgia and I was lucky enough to be involved in the Archibull Prize project, which is an integrated program engaging secondary and primary school students in agricultural and environmental awareness through art, design, creativity and teamwork. Kilbreda College was given the theme of grains on which to base our project. Before long my Year 9 Art class had set to work creating some innovative designs, one of which would soon transform our bull into a piece of artwork. I was really excited when my entry was chosen as the winning design.

The bull was given the name Hidey, and shortly after, the project began. It was a great opportunity to work with some Year 12 students who gave a lot of their time to this venture. I also worked with girls from other year levels, and we spent hours bringing Hidey to life.


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The design winner

Hidey began her Kilbreda adventure as a plain white fibreglass bull. Little did she know that within a couple of months she would be transformed into such an artistic creation. The process involved the initial sketching of the design followed by the first coat of paint. Hidey was soon imbued with a kaleidoscope of colours, swirls, brush strokes and textures and before we knew it she had her own coat of many patterns. After the paint had dried, we began our next stage, embellishing Hidey with many varieties of grains and seeds. Finally, we took terracotta pots filled with seeds, which had been decorated by students, and arranged them around Hidey’s feet; at last our Archibull was complete.

It was a great experience being involved in this project, and I’m so lucky to have been able to participate. The Archibull Prize is definitely an innovative project and something I would recommend to any student to get on board with in the future.






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