The shear beauty of agriculture expressed through Dance

I love this time of year when the entries for The 2015 Archibull Prize start flowing in.

This year the schools are taking the program to a whole new level

Who would have thought you could teach agriculture through dance.

Never underestimate the power of the story of the journey of the food you eat, the clothes you wear and the roof over your head

Well done Northlakes High –  on behalf of farmers everywhere we salute


True Colours is the animation entry from Northlakes High School for the 2015 Archibull Prize.

“True Colours – Woolbaakee Weaving an Australian Woollen Dream” explores our ideas about the Australian Wool Industry, and all that we have learnt through our 2015 Archibull journey.

This year our approach to exploring our commodity, Wool was a little different. We wanted to take an abstract and artful view. We have showcased more of the exceptional talent we have at Northlakes High School.

As in our artwork, we also wanted to use the line and form created by the woollen yarn in dance conceptually and physically in this piece. We also focused heavily on the reciprocal relationship of native vegetation (expressed through Aboriginal dance and movement), grazing and Western farming methods. The fine balance and interaction between the two is one element that is key to Australia producing the highest quality woollen products and garments anywhere in the world.

There are also personal references to our Young Farming Champion, Bessie Thomas in our lyrical piece, as in our Archibull artwork as well. We thought this was an important element to include in the finished product as it is a very important part of our 2015 Archibull journey. The Australian wool industry isn’t just about farming, it is about building relationships, working together and supporting each other – symbolised through our school’s relationship with Bessie.

This certainly was a huge group effort. We are very proud of the finished product and can’t wait to share it.

Want to know more read the very powerful back story here

Author: Lynne Strong

I am a 6th generation farmer who loves surrounding myself with optimistic, courageous people who believe in inclusion, diversity and equality and embrace the power of collaboration. I am the founder of Picture You in Agriculture. Our team design and deliver programs that inspire pride in Australian agriculture and support young people to thrive in business and life