MORE than 150 art pieces will be on display in Bendigo's Sacred Heart Cathedral as physical exhibitions return.
Part of the MacKillop Art Exhibition, put together by the Catholic Education Sandhurst, students from 56 schools will be able to show off their artistic talents online and finally in person again.
Catholic Education Sandhurst education officer of the arts Claire Spinelli said it was exciting to see art in a physical form again.
"After having to put the event online last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we're excited to be able to come to this beautiful cathedral and have art here for everyone to see," she said.
"It's an amazing feeling to finally be able to walk in and see these pieces hanging and to be able to have the ability to be among the art again.
But there will still be a way for families to see the artwork even if they can't make the trip to Bendigo.
"Because we have students who live hours away, we have been able to keep the online element for those who may not be able to make it in person," Ms Spinelli said.
"It's definitely a positive that's come out of the pandemic."
For more than 10 years, colourful paintings, pastels, mosaics, sculptures, photographs and ceramics have been submitted by students from Foundation to Year 12 to be displayed in the exhibition.
A panel of adjudicators then works together to judge and award prizes in the general and spiritual art categories.
There is also an opportunity for one school to take home the The Philomena Billington Scholarship for Social Justice through The Arts.
This is awarded to a school that has created a project that "clearly explores a social justice issue through an engagement in the arts".
Ms Spinelli said she was thankful for the support from families and teachers throughout the last 18 months of remote learning.
"I am grateful to the teachers who engaged with a new process, giving students the opportunity to celebrate their creativity," she said.
"We have learnt patience, courage and resilience in 2020 and art-making has supported students to make meaning and remote learning offered many benefits to the art experience.
"I congratulate the students who created art in their homes and classrooms."
The exhibition will open November 12 and will run for two weeks at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in MacKenzie Street.
If you're unable to make it, you can view the artwork online at ceosand.catholic.edu.au
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