WHILE many would see the likes of Cyril Rioli and Gary Ablett as on-field artists, art of the more traditional variety will have an off-field role at Saturday's Aurora Stadium blockbuster between Hawthorn and Gold Coast.
In a collaboration between the University of Tasmania's Pathways Program and Hawthorn's Art in Sport program, artwork from high school students will be on display in the Hawks Central marquee.
The program, dubbed Lighting the Pathways, is designed to show students about life at university and the possible career paths.
The artwork on show will have a focus on the promotion of tourism in Tasmania, which is why one of the biggest tourist drawcards, a Hawks match in Launceston, is being used to show off their work.
``This will be their platform to install the artwork and engage an audience,'' University of Tasmania tourism industry liaison officer Ebony Bridle said yesterday.
``The footy is a huge drawcard and we're using this specific event to bring art and sport together.''
Schools that have taken part include Riverside High School, Exeter High, Port Dalrymple, Campbell Town High, Brooks and Launceston City Campus.
City Campus student Olivia McMahon said her group's work was called Create Your Own Journey .
``It is about that Tassie is a unique place and you can go wherever you want and it is made up of all different colours and is about coming along and creating your own journey,'' she said.
Hawthorn Tasmanian operations manager Shayne Stevenson said the club was happy to allow the students the opportunity to explore their creative side with the help of the sport.
The exhibition officially opens at 12.30pm on Saturday.