Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists
The City of Subiaco presents the sixteenth annual Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists. This visual art award is open to Western Australian school students and encourages imagination, innovation and creativity.
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Monday 30 April to Monday 21 May
Monday 2 July to Sunday 22 July
Monday 9 July to Sunday 5 August
Finalists artwork collection
Monday 6 August to Sunday 19 August
Enter the award
Entries in the 2018 award have now closed. The city is currently processing all entries. Finalists will be announced in June and all entrants will be notified when artworks are available for collection. Good luck!
The Shaun Tan Award is open to Western Australian school students in years one to twelve. Artworks submitted must be an original, two-dimensional (2D) creation, no bigger than 1 metre x 1.5 metres in size. Artworks must be the sole work of the entrant. Entries may be accepted from individuals or from teachers on behalf of their students. Entry is limited to one per person.
Entries are judged individually in the following categories:
Lower primary – school years one and two
Middle primary – school years three and four
Upper primary – school years five and six
Lower secondary – school years seven, eight and nine
Upper secondary – school years ten, eleven and twelve
Entries are judged on their originality, concept, technique and choice of materials used. Please note: due to the high number of entries received for this award each year, individual feedback cannot be provided.
How to enter
The online entry form will be available from 9am on Monday 30 April. Entries may be accepted from individuals or from teachers on behalf of their students. An online registration must be completed for each individual, and artworks must be submitted to Subiaco Library with a printed confirmation of entry before 4pm on Monday 21 May.
Teachers entering multiple students' work may do so using the online teacher's registration form.
Submit your artwork
All entries must be received at Subiaco Library before 4pm Monday 21 May with an attached confirmation of entry. Artworks may be submitted in person to Subiaco Library or via post to:
Shaun Tan Award
City of Subiaco
PO Box 270
SUBIACO WA 6904
Late entries cannot be accepted.
Prizes are donated from the City of Subiaco and award sponsors and are presented to the top three entries in each category. A selection of the best artworks from the award will feature in a month long public exhibition at Subiaco Library from 9 July until 5 August. All exhibited artists receive professional framing or mounting for their artworks.
The city would like to acknowledge the generous support of award patron Shaun Tan and our valued sponsors Janet Holmes à Court AC, Kool Kreative, Prime Art Picture Framers, New Edition Bookshop, Dymocks Subiaco and Creative Kids Arts Club.
Terms and conditions of entry
Public use of artworks
By entering this award you acknowledge that your entry may be photographed and used in City of Subiaco publications and for future promotion of the award. Artworks will be displayed at Subiaco Library and may also be displayed at other venues around the city. The title of the artwork and artist’s name will always be acknowledged with the entry when it is used.
Insurance is the responsibility of the entrant. Whilst all care is taken when storing and exhibiting works, the City of Subiaco accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage that may inadvertently occur.
Collecting your artwork
Artworks will be available for collection at Subiaco Library between Monday 2 July and Sunday 22 July. Any artworks not collected during this time will be come property of the City of Subiaco and due to storage restrictions may be destroyed.
All regional entries will be returned to the entrant via post before Sunday 9 July providing they fit in a regular postage tube. All other larger regional entries must be collected by the entrant.
Frequently asked questions
For more information on entry requirements and competition information, please see our frequently asked questions document (PDF 589KB).
Exhibited artist web gallery
Click here to view the 2017 web gallery of exhibited work.
Shaun Tan is an acclaimed artist and writer who grew up in Perth.
Subiaco Library has two impressive murals by Shaun Tan on display. The Tea Party features a riotous array of strange characters and landscapes and The 100 Year Picnic is based on a photograph from the 1920s found in the archives of the Subiaco Museum.
Shaun began drawing and painting images in a small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. He has won numerous awards for his unusual and thought-provoking books, including The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, The Arrival and Tales from Outer Suburbia. Shaun's books have been translated into many languages and are enjoyed by readers of all ages. His latest book, released in October 2015 is a collection of seventy-five clay figurines inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales.
In 2011, Shaun won an Academy Award for his short film, The Lost Thing, and received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award honouring his contribution to international children's literature. Shaun has also worked as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who! and Pixar's WALL-E. Some of Shaun's stories have been adapted for the stage and he is currently working on lots of exciting new projects.
For more information about his work, visit Shaun Tan’s official website.
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