City of Subiaco - Shaun Tan Award
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Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists

The City of Subiaco presents the seventeenth annual Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists. This visual art award is open to Western Australian school students and encourages imagination, innovation and creativity. 

Congratulations to this year's exhibited young artists. The top ten artworks from each category form the 2019 Shaun Tan Exhibition which will be on display at Subiaco Library until Sunday 4 August. You can also view the online gallery here.

Artists have been contacted via email with more information on collecting their entries. A certificate of participation is available for every entrant when they collect their artworks or can be downloaded here. 

View Shaun Tan's special message for the 2019 Shaun Tan Award winners below:

2019 Exhibited Artworks


Lower Primary category (school years one and two)    

1st place
2nd place
3rd place

Ella Boyne
Amy Xinran Li
Enze Zhang
Catherine Ru Xin Zhou
Renee Yan Ni Zhen

Samuel Zi Tao
Kendylle Green
Ellen Karakatsanakis
Jett Herbert
Jade Coppolina

Cat playing the piano
Self Portrait
Little fish are getting eaten
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Cute Kookaburras 
123 Toucans
The last flower

Self Portrait

The Pot Monster



Middle Primary category (school years three and four)

1st place
2nd place
3rd place


Philana Kang
Kobe Wu
Hanah Chen
Matilda Shen
Abby Hermann
Isabella Fan Jin
Sophie Dean
Jayden Gosling
Bill Gao
Samantha Yang

Waiting for pancakes
Portrait of Maxim
Jieremy my little brother
Fantastical Flamingo
The Farmer's Holiday
A Mythical Maze



Upper Primary category (school years five and six)

1st place
2nd place
3rd place
SKC Award


Candice Kang
Guillaume Daoud
Quincy Mo
Carys Williams
Brendan Chin
Kai Keulder
Boyd Dunham
Francisco Segorbe

Luke Zeng
Justina Jia Tang

Doggo Dive
Streaky Bacon
Robot Factory Spaceship

The Breach
The Serpent's Rest
Tank of War

Tennyson Down

Self Portrait



Lower Secondary category (school years seven, eight and nine)

1st place
2nd place
3rd place/
SVY Award

Violet Seah
Samara Ainge
Claire Musarra
Cindy Pei Ying Wang
Macey McKeown
Finn Coggin
Olivia Grant

Hazel Dortch
Milla Leach

Hina Soria

Brick Bugs
Superb Fairy-Wren

Night Lights




Upper Secondary category (school years ten, eleven and twelve)

1st place
2nd place
3rd place

Adine Sequiera
Sophie Regan
Tia Christophers
Jessica McBow
Hannah Richardson
Jo Quinn
Nikki Singh
Emelia Tansey
Janine Jia Ning Li
Cilla Daw

The Hound
Were You Paying Attention
Vintage Beauty
After Desolation

Collection of artworks

Artworks will be available for collection at Subiaco Library between Monday 8 July and Sunday 28 July. Any artworks not collected during this time will become the 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 28 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 before Sunday 28 July. 

Exhibited artists must collect their entries from Subiaco Library at the close of the exhibition. Artworks must be collected between Monday 5 August.

Prizes and exhibition

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 feature in a month long public exhibition at Subiaco Library from Tuesday 9 July until Sunday 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, Subiaco Bookshop and Dymocks Subiaco.

Frequently asked questions

For more information on entry requirements and competition information, please see our frequently asked questions document (PDF 464KB).

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 as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books with surreal, dream-like imagery. Shaun's books have been translated into many languages and are enjoyed by readers of all ages. 

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. For more information about his work, visit Shaun Tan’s official website.

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