Young Creatives Shine at City Art Exhibition
Over 300 people last week gathered at Kalamunda’s Zig Zag Gallery for the official exhibition opening of the 2018 Young Artist Awards. The works of 89 young creatives adorned the gallery’s walls, inspired by this year’s WA Youth Week theme “Illuminate - Djoondal Djoomba”.
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Karin Hotchkin (Judge), Marilyn Keys (Judge), Claudia Gribble, Sarah Liebeck, Olivia Wake, Leah Addison, Gordon Mitchell (Judge)
This theme has a twofold meaning. Illuminate relates to space; time; the future of young people, bringing light to young people, and shining bright, and positive mental health. Djoondal Djoomba was inspired by the 'Carers of Everything' Nyoongar Dreamtime story of country, which is about the star woman and spirits coming from darkness to light.
Mayor John Giardina said, “The Young Artist Awards are run by the City of Kalamunda and is all about showcasing and celebrating emerging young artists in our community. We’re often referred to as an artist’s mecca and with such amazing local talent in even the youngest generation, it’s not hard to see why.”
The Exhibition was open to young people aged between 10 and 25 who live, work, study, volunteer or visit the City of Kalamunda. All entrants were eligible for a range of Awards and a total prize pool of $1500. Each year the competition draws an abundance of high calibre entries, making a hard task for judges and local artists Gordon Mitchell, Karin Hotchkin and Marilyn Keys.
During the official opening, Judges awarded Anika Zonta Albillos’ (13) painting, Wanting, the title of Best Piece for the 10 to 14 year old age group. The 15 to 25 aged group was taken out by Sarah Liebeck for her painting Warrina.
Claudia Gribble (12) received a Highly Commended for her painting The Waves Lay Deep in the Ocean, as did Briony Bray (17) for her drawing Cockatoo. Olivia Wake (16) received the award for Best Interpretation of Theme for her photograph Never Stop Looking Up.
Amongst the competition stood out Leah Addison’s (17) painting Water Spirit, wowing both the crowds and judges. Leah received the overall prize for the night, taking out the 2018 Emerging Artist Award.
The People’s Prize remained open until exhibition ended on Sunday 26 August 2018. Anyone that visited the Young Artist Awards at the Zig Zag Gallery could vote for their favourite piece, which went in the towards the People’s Prize. The winner with 51 votes being received, was Sara Liebeck for her painting Warrina.
For opening times or to find out more, contact the City of Kalamunda on 9257 9999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.