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Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists

The City of Subiaco presents the 15th annual Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists.

This visual art award is open to Western Australian school students and encourages imagination, innovation and creativity. Online entries will be open from Monday 1 May until Monday 22 May.

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Competition information

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.

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 1 May.  Entrants are required to complete an online entry form, and submit a printed confirmation of entry along with their artwork to Subiaco Library before entries close at 4pm on Monday 22 May.

Submit your artwork

All entries must be received at Subiaco Library before 4pm Monday 22 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

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 entered will also be chosen to feature in the Shaun Tan Award exhibition and will be on displayed at Subiaco Library for one month. 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, One20 ProductionsKool Kreative, Prime Art Picture Framers, New Edition Bookshop, 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. 

Collection of artworks

Artworks will be available for collection at 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 (90mm x 850mm). Regional entries which do not meet this criteria 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 435KB).

Exhibited artists web gallery

Click here to view the 2016 gallery of exhibited artworks

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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