Art Competition

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 JuneEntries close 
Friday 23 JuneFinalists announced
Saturday 1 – 16 July  Art Exhibition at Westfield shopping centres
Monday 17 JulyWinners announced 
Thursday 24 August Book Launch event  
Monday 4 September  Complimentary storybooks mailed to WA primary schools

Winners Announced!

A panel of judges have selected the 20 winning artworks from 4,341 entries submitted by 58 schools. Author Eddie Drury has also selected a winner to feature on the cover of the published storybook. 

View a list of the winners

Congratulations to the winning students. Formal confirmation and invitations to the Book Launch have been posted to Principals. 


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 :

To purchase copies of the storybooks visit our online Shop.

The Art Competition and Storybook Project is proudly supported by: