Our annual Art Competition is a state-wide school art activity that encourages greater understanding, acceptance and inclusion of children with special needs.
Now in its 16th year, the Art Competition invites WA primary school students to create artworks that illustrate the pages of a storybook which features characters with disabilities and promotes key messages of inclusion to young readers.
This year’s story has been written by Eddie Drury, who has worked as a journalist, children’s entertainer, and is currently a Behaviour Support Clinician at Therapy Focus. Eddie has more than 10 years’ experience working in the disability sector and is passionate about helping people embrace their unique talents and abilities.
From entries received, 100 finalist artworks are selected to go on display in an art exhibition at Westfield Shopping Centres in the July school holidays. A panel of judges, including representatives from Therapy Focus and sponsor organisations, are then tasked with the difficult job of selecting 20 winners to feature as illustrations in the published storybook.
The winning students, their families, teachers and principals are invited to attend a Book Launch in August during National Children’s Book Week to celebrate the unveiling of the published storybook. Winners will be awarded a copy of the storybook, their framed original artwork and a prize pack courtesy of sponsors.
Thanks to generous support from 2017 Art Competition sponsors, a complimentary copy of the published storybook will also be provided to every primary school in Western Australia.
|Monday 24 April||Teacher’s Resource Booklets mailed to participating schools and available online|
|Friday 16 June||Entries close|
|Friday 23 June||Finalists announced|
|Saturday 1 – 16 July||Art Exhibition at Westfield shopping centres|
|Monday 17 July||Winners announced|
|Thursday 24 August||Book Launch event|
|Monday 4 September||Complimentary storybooks mailed to WA primary schools|
A panel of judges have selected 100 finalist artworks from the 4,341 entries submitted by 58 schools.
The finalist artworks will go on display at Westfield shopping centres during the July school holidays for all to enjoy.
Saturday 1 – Thursday 6 July: Westfield Whitford City
Friday 7 – Wednesday 12 July: Westfield Carousel
Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 July: Westfield Innaloo
Our Help a Child Grow storybook series
Thanks to generous funding support from Art Competition sponsors, nine titles have now been published as part of our Help a Child Grow storybook series :
- The Hidden Treasure of Moondyne Joe (2008)
- The Kookaburra Twirl (2009)
- Sunny the Sunflower’s Journey / Jessica’s Dazzling Do-a-thon (flipbook) (2010)
- I Am Special / Jarrah’s Jigsaw (flipbook & accessible DVD) (2011)
- Jake Learns the Tooth (2012)
- Jake Rides the Rollercoaster (2013)
- Jake’s First Sleepover (2014)
- See Me (2015)
- Outback Jack’s Great Race (2016)
To purchase copies of the storybooks visit our online Shop.