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

In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists. With current social distancing measures in place, along with the temporary closure of Subiaco Library it is not possible to deliver the award this year. 

We look forward to presenting the award again in 2021 and can not wait to see what masterpieces the young people of Western Australia will create.

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The Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists is proudly presented by the City of Subiaco and is a visual art award open to all Western Australian school students encouraging imagination, innovation and creativity. 

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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