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Art Competition

Our annual Art Competition is a state-wide school art activity that encourages greater understanding, acceptance and inclusion.

Now in its 17th year, the Art Competition invites WA primary school students to create artworks that illustrate the pages of a storybook which promotes key messages to young readers. This year’s storybook has been written by local teacher, author and artist Sean E Avery and encourages readers to look past differences and celebrate the uniqueness of every individual. 

Schools who participate will be provided with a Teacher’s Resource Booklet containing all the information required to take part in the 2018 Art Competition. The resource booklet also includes lesson plans and activities developed in line with the Western Australian Values of Schooling.

From the thousands of entries received, 80 finalists and 20 winning artworks will be chosen to go on display in a community art exhibition held at Perth Town Hall during National Children’s Book Week.

The 20 winning artworks are published as illustrations in the storybook, which will be unveiled at a Book Launch event attended by winning students, their families, teachers and principals. Winning students will also be awarded a copy of the storybook, their framed original artwork and a prize pack courtesy of project sponsors. 

Following the Book Launch, a complimentary copy of the published storybook will be provided to every primary school in Western Australia. Certificates of participation will also be distributed to students.

Thank you for continuing this fantastic initiative. Through the use of a story the students are able to deepen their understanding and empathy for students with a range of disabilities. They enjoy the freedom and unconstrained creativity of developing their own illustration and it enhances their visualisation skills of what they have read. A wonderful opportunity for all students. Thank you!

Key dates:

Monday 30 April Entries are now open! 
Friday 15 June Entries close.
Monday 16 July Winners and finalists announced with commencement of Term 3.
20 – 25 August Community Art Exhibition at Perth Town Hall.
Thursday 23 August Book Launch at Perth Town Hall from 6pm.
Monday 10 September Complimentary storybooks and certificates mailed.

Finalists and Winners Announced!

Therapy Focus was excited to receive over 5300 entries from 101 schools across the state, and were once again blown away by the quality of entries!

Over the school holidays a panel of VIP judges had the difficult task of selecting the 80 finalists and 20 winning artworks to feature in the storybook with this year’s author, Sean E Avery selected the winning artwork that will feature as the cover of the storybook. 

Giving us a total of 79 finalists and 21 winning students! Click on the buttons below to see the full list of finalists and winners.  

2018 Art Competition Winners List

2018 Art Competition Finalists List

Our Help a Child Grow storybook series

Thanks to generous funding support from Art Competition & Storybook Project sponsors, 10 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.

Thank you to Principal sponsor:

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