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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.

View the 2016 award exhibition 

The 2016 Shaun Tan Award exhibition is on display at Subiaco Library until Sunday 14 August. Congratulations to this year's People's Choice Award winner Zac Vasiliou with his entry My Great Grandfather. View the web gallery of this year's exhibited artworks. 

2016 award finalists and exhibited artists

Congratulations to this year's award finalists:

Lower primary category

First place
Second place
Third place

Finn Ralls
Elizaveta Fedotova
Lehansa Attapathuthu

Poynter Primary School
Perth College
Peter Carnley Anglican School

Middle primary category

First place
Second place
Third place

Akina Robles
Charlotte Penn
Csongor Horvath

Kensington Primary School
Poynter Primary School
Sacred Heart School 

Upper Primary category 

First place
Second place
Third place

James Mahaffy
Bryn Chapman
Zac Vasiliou

Scotch College
John XXIII College
Rosalie Primary School

Lower secondary category

First place
Second place
Third place

Izabella Kitching
Csanad Horvath
Jade Adams

Mt Lawley Senior High
La Salle College
St Hilda's Angican School

Upper secondary category

First place
Second place
Third place

Ellie McDonald
Joanne Le
Pamela Ammoun

John Curtin College of the Arts
Ashdale Secondary College
John Curtin College of the Arts






Congratulations to this year's exhibited artists:

Lower Primary category

Jayden lim
Emilie Johson
Caitlin Parkinson
Shanika MohdAshari
Ashton Godinho
Claire Sweet 
Elsie Griffith

Burrendah Primary School
Webley Primary School
Perth College
Chistmas Island District High School
Notre Dame Catholic Primary School
Funtastic Design School
Perth College

Middle primary category

Sylvia Czajko
Kaden Freeman
Rocco Groves
Kirah Tanjung
Charley Travia
Eva Willcock
Elizabeth Xin

John XXII College
Kyilla Primary School
Doubleview Primary School
Kingsway Christian College
Mel Maria Primary School
St John's Primary
Currambine Primary School

Upper primary category

Catherine Adams
George Arrnstrong-Jones
Sachi Elliot
Bailey Gough
Sarah Muller
Ben Ransley
Baylee Elouise Robertson

Applecross Primary School
Attadale primary School
St Augustine Primary School
Mosman Park Primary School
International School of WA
Capel Primary School
Booragoon Primary School

Lower secondary category

Angel Cherian
Chelsea Cui
Sanjita Ghimire
Alex Joyce
Lucinda Maywood
Nicholas Poole
Aidan Voigt

Albany Senior High School
St Mary's Anglican School
St Norbert College
Balcatta Senior High School
Perth Waldorf School
John Curtin College of the Arts
John Curtin College of the Arts

Upper secondary category

Kalem Bateman
Tinsey Jones
Maitre Lee
Gina Lintern
Gabriela Nad
Sharmini Srinvasan
Bridie Weaver

John Curtin College of the Arts
Mindarie Senior College
Urusla Frayne Catholic College
All Saint's College
Ashdale Secondary College
St Mary's Anglican Girls School
Great Southern Grammar

Collection of artworks

Artworks are now overdue for collection. Regional entries will be returned by post, provided the artwork fits inside a postage tube (66 centimetres long and 6 centimetres in diameter). Entries not collected by Sunday 31 July will become the property of the City of Subiaco, and due to storage restrictions may be destroyed. 

All finalists and exhibited artists, regional or metropolitan will be required to collect their artwork at the conclusion of the exhibition in August from Subiaco Library.

Competition information

Entry requirements 
The award is open to all Western Australian school students aged between five and eighteen years. Artworks submitted must be an original drawing, painting or other 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 students. Entrants must not include any personal identifying information such as name, age, gender or school on submitted art piece.  Entry in this award is limited to one entry 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. The judges look for pieces that stand out for one or all of these things.  Please note: due to the high number of entries received for this award each year, individual feedback cannot be provided.

Prizes from the City of Subiaco and award sponsors will be presented to the top three entries in each category at an award ceremony at Subiaco Library in late July. Finalists who live outside the Perth Metropolitan area will receive travel assistance to attend the ceremony. The top ten entries in each category will be exhibited for one month in Subiaco Library as part of the 2016 Shaun Tan Exhibition. Each exhibited artwork will be professionally framed compliments of the City of Subiaco and award sponsors.

The city would like to acknowledge the generous support of award patron Shaun Tan and our valued sponsors Janet Holmes à Court AC, One20 ProductionsKool 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. 

Frequently asked questions

For further information on the 2016 award download the frequently asked questions document (PDF 642KB). 

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.