Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists
The City of Subiaco presents the sixteenth 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 all entrants in the 2018 award. We had a huge response with over 1500 entries this year. A certificate of participation is available for every entrant when they collect their artworks or can be downloaded here. Thank you to all who participated and we look forward to more artistic entries in the 2019 awards.
A message from Shaun Tan
Our award patron Shaun Tan was kind enough to send through a video message for this year's finalists. Shaun took the time to comment on each of the place winning artworks with personalised feedback.
2018 Exhibited Artworks
Congratulations to this year's exhibited young artists! Exhibited artworks will be on display at Subiaco Library from Tuesday 10 July to Sunday 5 August, or you can view the online gallery here.
Lower primary category (school years one and two)
Caerleon Selman Toh
Best Rabbit Ever
Little brother hold an Abalone
Self portrait on black
Middle primary category (school years three and four)
Tomas Robiana Chacon
It wasn't me
My Beautiful State
Portrait of Colours
Flowers in vase
I love Elephant
Self-portrait stencil print
Upper primary category (school years five and six)
Rby Lalita Crier
Yu Xuan Chen
A Mysterious Life
Jude- Self portrait
Ernesto the Armadillo
Set us Free
Lower secondary category (school years seven, eight and nine)
Luna Yan Cun Yang
Jia Ning Li
Cindy Peiying Wang
Blue Tongue Brother
The show mustn't go on
Upper secondary category (school years ten, eleven and twelve)
The Generation Gap
Never tear us apart
Ellie in the Sun
Beauty & the Beast
Wouldn't it be nice
State of Flux
Collecting your artwork
Artworks will be available for collection at Subiaco Library between Monday 2 July and Sunday 22 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 regular postage tube. All other larger regional entries must be collected by the entrant.
A certificate of participation is available for every entrant when they collect their artworks or can be downloaded here.
Frequently asked questions
For more information on entry requirements and competition information, please see our frequently asked questions document (PDF 589KB).
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.