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The collection was acquired through a popular annual competition held at and administered by Tuggeranong Arts Centre, between 1994 and 2015, during which time the Rotary Club spent about $45,000 on the prizes and maintenance of art works.
“Education involves the whole community, not just schools and the government,” Minister Berry said when she presented the collection to the Lake Tuggeranong College for its permanent display.
The Tuggeranong Rotary Club president, Terry Ryan said the idea of the “Rotary Youth Art Award” prize is to encourage the artistic endeavour among young people in the community.
“Some of the winners of this competition have studied overseas and are now established artists,” he added.
As owners of this artwork, the Rotary Club of Tuggeranong has negotiated with the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Lake Tuggeranong College and the Tuggeranong CIT for the 27 pieces of the art collection to be permanently displayed at their campuses – where, Terry says: “It will do the most good”.
The Rotary Club of Tuggeranong was established in 1988 and the art collection is part of its engagement in the local community.