Will’s work on a bag

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A Meadow Flat emerging young artist has been chosen by Coles to have his striking artwork featured on a limited-edition reusable bag.

19-year-old Will Hazzard was one of six students to win Coles’ national bag design competition last year to support Coles’ commitment to remove single-use plastic bags in its supermarkets.

Will, who took up art when he was ten years old as a form of therapy for his autism, said he “can’t wait” to see his shopping bags hit the shelves at Coles.

“I can’t wait to see the bags on sale and share the news with my friends and followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram,” he said.


“My design is inspired by Billy, a wild cockatoo that I rescued and nursed back to health.  I hope my art will touch people and inspire them to connect with the environment, land and native animals.”

Will’s artwork featuring a yellow tailed black cockatoo was completed while he was completing year 12 at the Dubbo School of Distance Education last year.

Since graduating, Will has firmly established himself as an artist on the rise, winning Bathurst Regional Council’s Waste 2 Art community art contest and collaborating with Lithgow’s Gang Gang Gallery on their upcoming ‘Beauty of the Beast’ group exhibition.

Coles State GM Ivan Slunjski said the sale of reusable community bags is a win-win for Coles customers, the environment, community organisations and young artists like Will.

“We are so pleased to be able to support and celebrate local artists like Will by showcasing his work on our latest reusable bags. The bags will be seen and appreciated by millions of customers who shop at Coles each week,” he said.

“Our range of community bags designed by Aussie schoolkids have been extremely popular with shoppers since they were first launched in June 2018.  Not only have they helped the environment, but they’ve also raised over $4 million for our community partners like SecondBite, Little Athletics and Clean Up Australia.”

Will’s distinctive cockatoo design is printed on Coles $2.50 chiller bags and will go on sale in Coles supermarkets across the country from Monday, 3 August.

The new reusable bags will help raise funds for the Collingwood Football Club Community Foundation to support the homeless with ten per cent from the sale of each specially marked chiller bag donated directly to the Foundation.

From media release, supplied.

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