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Bulli student shows off her artistic skills

THE depth and breadth of talent in public schools will be on display in a single venue for the first time in the form of the first-ever Open Day@The Arts Unit.

Dozens of students from across NSW will be demonstrating their artistic, dance, music, debating and performing skills in a kind of ‘talent expo’ at the Department of Education and Communities’ Arts Unit (on the grounds of Lewisham Public School in Sydney) from 4pm on Tuesday, July 31.

Among the students will be Bulli High School’s Eileesha Smith who will be performing drama.

“This is a rare opportunity to see students and teachers from all art forms prepare for performances and exhibitions at venues as diverse as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Entertainment Centre and the Art Gallery of New South Wales,” said Louise Barkl, Manager of The Arts Unit.

“It’s a chance to experience first-hand a nerve centre of extraordinary creativity.”

Visitors will – for the first time – be able to explore the specialist rehearsal and tutorial facilities of The Arts Unit, including its acoustically-treated spaces and sprung dance floor.

The Connected Classroom facilities which allow students and teachers in remote locations to participate in rehearsals for events such as the Schools Spectacular, as well as workshops in visual arts and public speaking competitions will also be on show.

Newly-announced Arts Unit Ambassador, actor Barry Otto, will be on hand to work with students in a drama workshop.

Other Ambassadors – including conductor Richard Gill OAM, artist Ben Quilty, musician Jonathon Welch AM, satirist Craig Reucassel, choreographer and dancer Rafael Bonachela and art consultant Joanna Capon OAM – will be formally announced at the end
of the Open Day.

More information and access to the full schedule and registration details are available via the Arts Unit website: http://www.artsunit.nsw.edu.au/open-daythe-arts-unit.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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