Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists
The Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists encourages imagination and innovation, providing a great opportunity to develop youth skills in visual art. Congratulations to everyone who entered the 2016 award. Download your 2016 participation certificate here. To view all exhibited and winning artists from this year's award check out the online gallery.
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The award is open to Western Australian school students aged five to eighteen years. 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 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.
Prizes are donated from the City of Subiaco and award sponsors and are presented to the top three entries in each category. The best ten entries in each category are chosen for the Shaun Tan Award exhibition and are displayed at Subiaco Library for one month. 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 for 2016 Janet Holmes à Court AC, One20 Productions, Kool Kreative, Prime Art Picture Framers, New Edition Bookshop, and Creative Kids Arts Club.
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.
Collection of artworks
Artworks are now overdue for collection. Uncollected entries will become the property of the City of Subiaco, and due to storage restrictions may be destroyed.
Frequently asked questions
For further information on the 2016 award download the frequently asked questions document (PDF 642KB).
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.