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Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists

A7057-Poster-print.jpgThe City of Subiaco presents the fifteenth annual Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists. The award encourages creativity and imagination, giving Western Australian school students an opportunity to present their creations in visual arts. 

Each year, the award poster features artwork by Shaun Tan himself. Download the 2017 award poster here (PDF 10MB) and sign up here to receive emails about the award.

2017 Award information

Congratulations to the 1235 artists who entered this year’s award. 2017 award finalists and shortlisted artists have now been announced. Winners will be announced on Tuesday 18 July.

All award entrants will receive a certificate of participation upon collection of artwork. Please see below for details on how to collect your artwork. Download the 2017 participation certificate here (PDF 1.2MB)

Important dates

Entries open
Finalists announced
Artwork collection 
Finalist artwork collection

Monday 1 May to Monday 22 May
Tuesday 20 June
Monday 26 June to Sunday 9 July
Monday 10 July to Sunday 6 August
Monday 7 August to Sunday 20 August




2017 award results

Congratulations to this year’s finalists and shortlisted artists. Finalists will be awarded at a presentation ceremony with award patron Shaun Tan. Winners will be announced on Tuesday 18 July. Artworks by finalists and shortlisted artists will be on display in the 2017 Shaun Tan Award exhibition

Lower primary category: school years one and two

Connie Armaro
Emba Gilshenen
Richard Xin Yuan Hu 
Anthony Dryland
Maxwell Fine
Scarlett Harrison
Micah Hegarty
Mia Prater
Angie Suizu
Zain Valibhoy

Through My Eyes
Cat on a summers day
Nap time
Crazy Dream
Jurassic park
Greta the Talking Cat
Fauvism Self Portrait

Mel Maria Catholic Primary
St Mary's
Du Fn Academy of Fine Arts
Peter Carnely Anglican Community School
Scotch College
Falls Road Primary School
Broome North Primary School
Peter Carnely Anglican Community School 
Subiaco Primary School
Floreat Park Primary School


Middle primary category: school years three and four

Cameron Bills
Litia Bulivou
Hamish Byass
Brenn Armstrong
Erin Edwards
Grace Kenward
Kai Keulder
Andy King
Bea Mayo
Philip Pizimolas

Artist Secret Hideaway
Fuzzy bear
Mr Rooster
Moonlight Birds
The Tree Tribe
The Colourful Land
Mother and Child
Just Rooster

Rosalie Primary School
Atwell Primary School
Scotch College
Scotch College
Kyilla Primary School
Rosalie Primary School
Peter Carnley Anglican Community School 
Freshwater Bay Primary
Freshwater Bay Primary
Scotch College


Upper primary category: school years five and six

Lucy Davidson
Sarah Dimasi
Rishitha Venkatesh
Ruby Bennier
Lily Carey
Sarah Choo
Ava Lindegger
Alex Mackenzie
Chloe McDermott
Esther Paterson

Anzac Soldier
Sea Hawk
My Earth Dream
Puppy Love
Ballet Shoes
Self Portrait
The Big Tiger
Self portrait
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... 

Deanmore Primary School
West Beechboro Primary School
Children's School of Contemporary Art
Perth College
South Coast Baptist College
Hollywood Primary School
Kensington Primary School
Children's School of Contemporary Art
Funtastic Design School
Beehive Montessori School


Lower secondary category: school years seven, eight and nine

Taliah Butler
Evelyn Carapetis
Chelsea Macalalad
Jan Batuyong
Philippa Chitty
Klaudia Czerwinska
Bridget Hutchinson
Aisa Kuc
Sianna Jietong Luo
Emeveen Moratalla
Aimee Parker

The Pathway
Heaven's Garden
Triple Portrait of Barbara Palvin 
I sat musing
Down the river
Nautical Nightmare
Alice in Wonderland
Easter egg wonderland
Just do it
Self Portrait

Perth College
Methodist Ladies College
St Norbert College
Greenwood College
St Mary's Anglican Girls' School
Southern River College
Shenton College
John Curtin College of the Arts
Du Fn Academy of Fine Arts
St Norbert College
Balcatta Senior High School 


Upper secondary category: school years ten, eleven and twelve

Jaz Chalklen
Sophia Thompson
Zoe Wells
Maiya Bristow
Angel Chen
Shirley (Niuniu) Huang  
Trilby Jones
Joanne Le
Ella Teixeira
kitman yeung

Destroying our means of Survival 
Ready for the day
The birds
Hands of the World
Authentic Taste of Crab
Childhood moments
Size and Relativity

John Curtin College of the Arts
Lake Joondalup Baptist College
St Mary's Anglican Girls School
John Curtin College of the Arts
Presbyterian Ladies' College
St Mary's Anglican Girls School
Iona Presentation College
Ashdale Secondary College
Iona Presentation College
Applecross Senior High School



Award exhibition 

The 2017 Shaun Tan Award exhibition includes fifty of the most outstanding artworks from this year's award. Where appropriate, finalists and shortlisted artists will have their work professionally framed or mounted. The exhibition will be on display at Subiaco Library from Monday 10 July until Sunday 6 August. Visit the library to view the exhibition and vote for your favourite in the People's Choice Award. The People's Choice Award winner will be announced on Thursday 27 July. 

Collecting your artwork 

All non-exhibited artworks will be available for collection from Subiaco Library between Monday 26 June and Sunday 9 July. Any artworks not collected during this time will become 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 standard postage tube (66cm long and 6cm in diameter). Regional entries which do not meet this criteria must be collected by the entrant before Sunday 9 July. Entrants will receive an email once their artwork has been dispatched. 

Exhibited artists must collect their entries from Subiaco Library at the close of the exhibition. Artworks must be collected between Monday 7 August and Sunday 20 August. View a list of exhibited artists above.

Terms and conditions of entry

Entry requirements 

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. Entry is limited to one per person.

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. 


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.


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 10 July until 6 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 KreativePrime Art Picture FramersNew Edition Bookshop, and Creative Kids Arts Club.

Frequently asked questions

For more information on entry requirements and competition information, please see our frequently asked questions document (PDF 435KB).

About Shaun Tan

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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