The Archibull Prize 2018 coming to a school near you????? Expressions of Interest now open

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, tasking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun

The Archibull Prize is a world-renowned art and multimedia competition focusing on the theme of ‘Feeding, Clothing, Housing and Powering a Hungry Nation is a Shared Responsibility’.

This innovative and fun STEM project based learning program is an agricultural and environmental themed art competition for primary and secondary student groups

The Archibull Prize program:

  • Brings the farm into the classroom
  • Introduces students to young people working in the agriculture sector
  • Provides opportunities for students to gain knowledge and skills about the production of the food they eat, fibres they use and the environment they live
  • Creates an opportunity for students to work together to create an amazing artwork that tells the story of agriculture
  • Builds relationships between schools, industry, business and the community
  • Raises awareness of exciting career
  • Fosters two-way conversations and builds lifelong relationships between consumers and farmers

Competing for cash prizes and the national title of Grand Champion, participating schools research a food or fibre industry while creatively transforming life-size fibreglass cows into amazing agricultural inspired artworks.

Schools also create a suite of digital multimedia communications and are paired with Young Farming Champions who visit schools, taking the farm and their career  straight into the classroom.

Being a part of The Archibull Prize is a chance to put your school on the map, with the 2017 National Grand Champion winner travelling from the iconic Sydney Royal Easter Show to the halls of the NSW Parliament.

Over the past seven years The Archibull Prize has engaged over 160,000 students in agricultural conversations and learning experiences. Teachers saw first-hand the impact of  a successful combination of arts and multimedia activities, across multiple key learning areas. Put simply, The Archibull Prize is a successful addition to any learning program.

Visit our website and view the winning entries in our Hall of Fame.

For more information or to complete an Expression of Interest contact Program Director Lynne Strong:


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Applications for the 2018 MerinoLink Conference “Hour of Power” are open now

Events like this make me wish I was under 30 again

MerinoLink embraces ideas and technology from past, present and future research and trials to assist in moving the Sheep and Wool industry forward in a profitable and practical way.

The 2018 MerinoLink Annual Conference will be held on Wednesday 20th June at the Mercure Hotel, Goulburn, NSW. The Field Day will be held on Thursday 21st June at “Ravenswood”, Cavan Station, Yass, NSWAs part of the Conference, to further exemplify MerinoLink’s strategy to encourage the involvement of young people in the Sheep and Wool Industry, one session of the Conference program will be dedicated to showcasing young people in the industry.

_2017 AWI Wool YFC .jpg There is no shortage of exciting young people in wool 

What is the “Hour of Power”?

The “Hour of Power” will be a fast-paced, informative session presented by a range of young researchers, scholars and innovators from across Australia. University students will have the opportunity to present their research projects and findings directly to members of the industry that their research could benefit. Previous Peter Westblade Scholarship scholars will be invited to highlight the experiences they gained through the scholarship and how it has helped them in pursuing their career. Lastly, the “Hour of Power” will also include other young innovators who are having an impact in the industry, to share their experiences and highlight how they are making a difference.

Each presenter will be allotted a 3 to 5 minute time slot in which they have to communicate their message in a succinct yet comprehensive manner. This will be followed by opportunities to network and create potential mentoring partnerships with conference attendees. Each “Hour of Power” speaker will be partnered with a mentor who will assist in making network connections during the conference.

For more information Click Here

Application Criteria

  • Aged 18 to 30
  • Honours, Masters or PhD students undertaking research topics relevant to the Sheep and Wool Industry                 and/or
  • Someone who has made an impact within the Sheep and Wool Industry, is passionate about the industry and sees a career within the industry


Costa Georgiadis – Our wonderful connector of dots



“COWmunication is the voice that creates your future”

For the second year in a row we were blessed to have the wonderful Costa Georgiadis speak at our Archibull Awards ceremony, and once more we were reminded why he has become such a favourite member of the Archibull Family.


Costa and Young Farming Champions 

Costa is in high demand for speaking appearances but he is so selfless and generous with his time and wisdom. Prior to his speech he took the time to look over every Archie and connect with the students and teachers involved.


Costa studying the form

He knew all our Young Farming Champions by name, and when it came time for him to speak he made everyone in the room feel he knew them personally.


Take a look at what he said here:

Costa knows the impact he has on people’s lives and particularly his ability to bring joy.


His wisdom and humour from the stage made everyone smile 

No request for photographs is too big and he goes the extra mile giving every child the opportunity for a selfie and a video.


This is typical of the comments we get from anyone who has met Costa:

My little boy, Patrick Perkins is 8 years old wanted me to ask Costa if he could have

a photo with him. Costa went one better and made a little video for him.

Patrick was over the moon and so happy.

Patrick goes to a very small country school called Tamrookum and there they have a garden. When they do gardening each child gets to take something home even if it is only a beetroot or a couple of snow peas, but the children are so proud of their garden.

I am going to put Costa’s video did onto a USB so that Patrick

can take it to school and show the other kids.


Laura Perkins (proud Mum) on far left 

From the team at Art4Agriculture we would sincerely like to thank Costa for making our awards day exceptional and so memorable for all involved.

More than 80% of careers in agriculture are people who support farmers  

This year the 2017 Grand Champion Archibull Prize announcement partnered with National Agriculture Day. We celebrated #AgDay by celebrating the innovative teachers and students who, each year to showcase all the people who come together to put food on our plates, clothes on our backs and in some cases power our lives.

The agriculture sector is so much more than farmers and The Archibull Prize is the perfect opportunity to share with young people looking for a career that makes a difference that more than 80% of careers in agriculture are people who support farmers.

Just what would Australian agriculture look like in 20 years-time if all the bright young minds who have been introduced to agriculture through The Archibull Prize, choose to make agriculture part of their future. Here at Picture You in Agriculture we are pretty pumped by that thought

And the winners

Visit the 2017 Archibull Prize Hall of Fame here


Calvary Christian College

and with Costa

Grand Champion Archibull Prize Calvary Christian College Carbrook Snr Campus


St Raphaels 1

and with Costa

St Raphaels with Costa


Little Bay Community of Schools

and with Costa and Jane Thomas from Aussie Farmers Foundation

Champion Primary School Little Bay Community of Schools with Jane Thomas Aussie Farmers Foundation and Costa


Miller Public School

and with Costa and Jane Thomas from Aussie Farmers Foundation

Miller Public School

Everyone in the room walked away reinvigorated by the energy of our special guest Costa Georgiadis. Costa reached out and spoke to every child in the room. He touched each and everyone of us with his love for the planet, his respect for all the people who come together to ensure we are clothed and fed and his support for youth – the voices of the future

The future belongs to the curious

Gobsmacked #Archie17 goes viral

Blacktown Girls High Cotton Belle

Blacktown Girls High School  took to twitter to engage the twitterverse to vote for their #Archie17 entry with posts like this “Cotton Belle” in deep cottonsation with the principal, Mr Lumb. He congratulates her on becoming a finalist.

Gobsmacked. Truly gobsmacked by the response to The Archibull Prize People’s Pick

Why a People’s Pick when we have an official judge of the #colourfulcows aka #beautbovines aka world renowned #Archie17.


The People’s Pick isnt just about finding out if the community agrees with the official judge its key objective is to provide an opportunity for the world to see the visionary agricultural theme Archie artworks

The students receive one of these

Yes they get a big white life-size cow and they get a farming industry, not just the cattle ( beef or dairy) industry, they may get the pork, or cotton, or wool or the grains  industry or maybe even the poultry/egg industry.

Often the students and teachers go shock horror how do we share the pork, egg, wool or cotton industry on a cow

Well that’s the challenge we ask the students to see Archie not as a cow but as a blank canvas

How they do this is mind-blowing and back to gobsmacked almost 185,000 people viewed the blog post poll asking them to vote for their favourite #Archie17. Yes you read it right one hundred and eighty five THOUSAND people have viewed the students artworks. More than 60,000 of those people voted and the word spread via 3000 plus Facebook share

From Day One it was clear two schools were the front runners. These two schools used multiple vehicle to crowd source. Beaudesert State High School tapped into their local paper the Beaudesert Times who did a brilliant job of getting the word out in print and online via videos and Facebook. In the end it is obvious the whole of Beaudersert supported their local school. Giving Beaudesert a run for their money was Blacktown Girls High School who had their local MP crowd source for them. Then the domino effect kicked in our supporting partners reached out to all their contacts.

Hunter Local Land Services tapped into ABC radio and they came onboard as only ABC Rural can getting the stories out to their listeners. The interviews started. They interviewed school young farming champions, the interviewed school, they showcased the Archies on Facebook. An Archie even became the header for their Facebook page.

The end result who one, well the answer is currently locked in a safe and you will have to wait until it is officially at The Archibull Prize Awards and Exhibition Day on November 21.

In reality the world has already told you who won and that’s every school won because the world has seen how creative and innovative Australian school students are

Imagine how much exposure the Australian agriculture sector would get if we had Imagine, if 20 schools and government agencies and forward-thinking businesses in each state partnered with our farming industries each year

That’s 10,000-young people in each state, that’s 70,000-young people across Australia who could be inspired to be stewards for the landscape and the agricultural sector.

That’s our big opportunity how does the agriculture sector work together to engage with the bright, creative, innovative young people and expose them to the agriculture sector and inspire them to seek out a career in our sector

@archibull @art4agriculture @Ozfarmers #Archie17 #AgDay #beautbovines #colourfulcows #youthinag #youthinedu #farming #farmers #agriculture

National Ag Day       Not joining the 160 people celebrating National Ag Day by attending The Archibull Prize Awards and Exhibition Day you too can celebrate National Ag Day. Visit the website here to find out how

and you thought The Archibull Prize was just an art competition

Its official. The  Pick Your Favourite Archie to Win the 2017 Archibull Prize is now our most read blog post ever. With 50,000 plus views and over 2.7K Facebook shares the students artworks are being admired and appreciated by readers all over the world

ABC Country Hour.PNGShout out to ABC Country Hour for your support and Kudos to Hunter LLS for your very impressive media contacts

ABC Country Hour now have an Archie as their Facebook Header 


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and you thought The Archibull Prize was an art competition, right?

Well yes and no. One of the strengths of the program is that it involves multiple Key Learning Areas so if a student is not necessarily interested in art they can join the fun through other subjects.

History, geography, maths, technical and applied studies, engineering and food technology are some of the other subject areas involved perfecting the Archies you see before you today.

Journalism students have created blogs; technology and computer students have produced animations.

At Beaudesert State High School maths and engineering students contributed with electronics, computer programming and robotics to help their cow moo, swish her tail, change her eye colour and even emit tractor sou

Going above and beyond

One of the things that really amazes us about The Archibull Prize is how schools and students go above and beyond what we expect of them.

Teachers and students from Gwynneville Public School have stumbled into school in pre-dawn hours to be ready for excursions to farms.

Students from St Raphaels Catholic School Cowra have talked to CEOs.

Students teachers and parents have watched artificial insemination in dairy cows.

They have found out how hard it is to count sheep.

They have invited Indigenous groups into their school and learned Indigenous words, which they now use in tribute to the first people.

And at Blacktown Girls High, where they were studying cotton, they became involved with Share the Dignity with the help of their local politician. Share the Dignity is a charity that collects sanitary items for homeless women and women fleeing domestic violence. So what does this have to do with cotton? Well most sanitary items are made from cotton and the students quickly came to realise that cotton was so much more than wearing a shirt or a pair of jeans – it is used for our daily needs.

The Archibull Prize combining art, technology,education and #youthinag to empower our young people to work with the community and farmers to create the bright future we all deserve


The Archibull Prize Awards Day Countdown begins

As The Archibull Prize Awards and Presentation Day approaches, the People’s Pick poll gains further momentum across the world. 35,000 people from across the globe have viewed the blog and cast their vote

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Currently Neck and Neck in the People’s Pick are Blacktown Girls High School and Beaudesert State High School. Make sure you get your vote in

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Communities are making the most of the schools’ colourful cows as showstoppers at local events

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Bovinity at Murrwillumbah Show this week 


Cotty at the college art’s showcase 


St Raphaels Catholic College celebrate with a photo opp

Its looking like ‘Bullinda’ will need a social secretary when she goes home 

And schools are collaborating to bring their artwork finalist Archies to Sydney. Shout out to Lisa Bullas and Calvary Christian College for hosting Bullinda from Beaudesert State High School and Graham Cheney and Kellyville High School for hosting Em-moo-ly  from Miller Public School

#archie17 #colourfulcows #beautbovines

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