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Young Artists’ Brush with Success


The dramatic and colourful works of Moreton Bay’s budding artists were officially recognised at the 2017 Moreton Bay Region Youth Art Awards on Friday night, October 20.

Deputy Mayor Mike Charlton said he was impressed by the incredible depth of talent, which showcased a range of expressive and thought-provoking works by students, as young as five, from Caboolture, Bribie Island, Mount Nebo and Samford in the south west.

“This year we had more than 400 students from over 50 schools across the region participate in the annual event,” Cr Charlton said.

“Special mention should be made to Mount Nebo State School that took out both the primary school collaborative prizes netting their school $2000 to spend on art specialist art activities in their school.

“Their large painting adorned with ceramic creatures created by several of the students in the lower school and the stunning ceramic totem installation created by the students of the upper school demonstrated a high degree of collaboration and imagination.”

“Council has supported youth arts in the region, through this annual competition, since 1995, and it’s pleasing to see such enthusiasm for our annual council-organised awards.

“I’m excited by the continuing high standard of art work presented, and I hope that these young artists are able to continue with their creative talents and graduate to our adult art awards.

“This award among others that council supports, is the reason why we are investing $17 million in this year’s budget to continue an exciting program of cultural activities and exhibitions in 2017/18, to encourage young local artists to pursue their artistic careers and talents.”

Lifestyle and Amenity Spokesperson Matt Constance said the Moreton Bay Region Youth Art Awards encouraged young people to explore their creative talents and gave them an opportunity to have their works exhibited in a public forum.

“We had $200 prizes for winning art works in both the 2D and 3D sections for each age group and a collaborative entry prize of $1000 in each of the three sections to the winning schools to further support their art programs,” Cr Constance said.

Residents wishing to see the 2017 Youth Art Awards entries have until October 29 to do so.

The exhibition will be open between 3pm and 6pm week days and from 10am to 4pm on weekends at the Strathpine Community Centre, 199 Gympie Road, Strathpine.

Local school winners ($1000 for specialist art activities)

Collaborative Winners

Years 8 – 12 - Albany Creek State High School

Years 4 – 6 - Mt Nebo State School

Prep to Year 3 - Mt Nebo State School

First prize awards for 3D-art ($200)

Years 11,12 – Isabelle Bailey, “A Piece of Meat”

Years 7 - 10 – Shaelyn Cronin, “Flight of Freedom”

Years 4 to 6 – Ruby Misso, “Crazy House”

Years Prep to 3 – Eliana Crawford, “Wonder”

First prize awards for 2D-art ($200)

Years 11,12 category – Georgia Cartwright, “Monsoon”

Years 7 - 10 category – Toby Armstrong, “Perspective”

Years 4 to 6 – Elijah Coutts, “The Glasshouse Mountains”

Years Prep to 3 – Jayme Felschow, “Dance to your own music”


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