Operation Art is an annual exhibition of over 800 artworks by New South Wales school children ranging in age from kindergarten to Year 10.
The exhibition is held at the Newington Armory Gallery at Sydney Olympic Park each year in September and October.
The theme of Operation Art is for students to provide artwork to help cheer up patients at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. It is a joint initiative of the Children’s Hospital and the New South Wales Department of Education. 50 of the artworks from Operation Art are subsequently selected for temporary display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, followed by a touring exhibition around the state. They are then housed as part of the Children’s Hospital’s permanent art collection for patients, their families and staff to enjoy.
These 50 selected artworks join the Hospital’s existing collection of paintings, prints and sculptures that have been donated by many well-known Australian artists. Operation Art also donates many of the other entries each year to regional hospitals.
Entry to Operation Art is free. When you’re at the Newington Armory Gallery, you can also see the longest continuous art gallery wall in Australia, as well as take advantage of some of the other facilities in the precinct. For example, you can ride a heritage train, a segway or a bike in the surrounding area.
Sydney Olympic Park is located about 17 kilometres west of the CBD. The Newington Armory Gallery is in Jamieson Street. You can get there by car via the A4 (and there’s onsite parking available), or you can take public transport with train, bus and ferry options available. The nearest train station is Olympic Park station on the Olympic Park line that begins at Lidcombe station.