Chalking up a record

Griffith students will this Sunday attempt to break the current world record for the largest display of chalk pavement art.

The students form part of not-for-profit organisation The Schoolbag and are calling on the community to get involved to help transform the creative precinct at South Bank into an interactive community artwork.

The Schoolbag has already supplied more than 14,000 children in Haiti and East Timor with school supplies and it’s their aim to continue raising awareness for education inequality and highlight the difference a small amount of school supplies can make.

Student co-Founder Chris Eigeland said the event aims to build strong, ongoing relationships with Brisbane, through education and engagement.

“We’re so excited to see the pavement transform into such a large scale community artwork,” he said

The Schoolbag team has been blown away by Brisbane’s ongoing support for our organisation and we are very lucky to receive such an amazing venue for the event to help us set a new world record!”

“It’s going to be such a fun, creative day for everyone involved and we’re all really looking forward to seeing the final result.”

Chalk will be provided for all participants on the day and schoolbags will be available to purchase for $10 — the amount required to cover the cost of a child’s education for one year. Each bag features environmentally sustainable and ethically produced tools and materials to initiate environmental education.

Additional proceeds from the event will be put towards The Schoolbag’s upcoming trip in November to deliver much-needed school bags to the children of Timor-Leste.

The Schoolbag’s record attempt will take place this Sunday, 9am-4pm, outside the State Library and Gallery of Modern Art, South Bank.