Mooroopna students win art exhibition

By Tara Whitsed

After almost wrapping up the 16 Days of Activism, winners of its art competition have been announced.

Run by the Goulburn Valley Family Violence Prevention Network, the 16 Days of Activism began on November 25 and several activities have taken place since.

The aim of the worldwide initiative is to challenge violence against women and girls.

One of the many activities held across the campaign included a Respectful Relationships Art Exhibition, which hung in the foyer of La Trobe University’s Shepparton Campus.

This week Mooroopna Secondary College Year 9 students Sera Bostancioglu and Freya Oades were awarded winner and runner-up of the art competition in which students across Greater Shepparton’s secondary and primary schools illustrated their interpretation of the role that gender stereotypes can play in our community. The students said they were excited to have won the competition, which was a surprise to them.

Mooroopna Secondary College principal Steve Bolton said he was proud the students had been awarded and of the effort they had made to create the pieces on what was a challenging topic.

GV Family Violence Prevention Network’s Nicole Reidy thanked local artist and photographer Liz Arcus for judging the works.

She also thanked Berry Street, which kindly donated the prizes.

16 Days of Activism officially finishes on Monday, December 10.