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.
The 2017 storybook, ‘Ben Tries to Fly’, was 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.
4,341 entries were submitted by 58 schools across the state in our 2017 Art Competition. From these entries, 100 finalist artworks are selected to go on display at Westfield Shopping Centres in the July school holidays. A panel of judges, including Therapy Focus’ Board of Directors, were 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 came together at a Book Launch in August during National Children’s Book Week to celebrate the unveiling of ‘Ben Tries to Fly’. Winners were 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 was also provided to every primary school in Western Australia.
Our Help a Child Grow storybook series
Thanks to generous funding support from Art Competition sponsors, 10 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)
- Ben Tries to Fly (2017)
To purchase copies of the storybooks visit our online Shop.