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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 open.
Friday 15 June Entries close.
Monday 16 July Winners and finalists announced with commencement of Term 3.
20 – 25 August Children’s Book Week 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!

This year more than 5,300 artworks were received from 102 schools throughout the state, including from schools as far as Karratha, Albany and Esperance.

100 finalists were chosen by a panel of judges, of which 20 were selected as winners and will be published as illustrations in the 2018 storybook, If I Met a Baboon Who Lost His Balloon. The storybook’s author, Sean E Avery, chose the artwork to feature on the cover.

Click on the buttons below to see lists of finalist and winning students.  

2018 Art Competition Winners List

2018 Art Competition Finalists List

Book Week Art Exhibition

View the 100 artworks chosen as finalists and winners at Perth Town Hall during National Children’s Book Week from 20 – 25 August. The exhibition will be open daily from 10am – 4pm and entry is free.

View the flyer

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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