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

The City of Subiaco presents the 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 2021 Shaun Tan Exhibition which will be on display at Subiaco Library from 13 July to 8 August. Click here to view the digital exhibition of artworks.

Artists will be 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

2021 Exhibited Artists 

Lower Primary category (school years one and two)  

1st place
2nd place
3rd place
3rd place 


William Houghton
Lachlan Lamborn
Isabelle Casserly
Preston Rogers
Georgia Darby
Elijah McLean
Grace Court
Lachlan Bertram
Isla Millott
Karena Qi

A Thorny Snake-Tooth Dragon
Feorcious Cat
Lost Bear
Rainbow Girl
Jurrasic World
Primary Colours Portrait
The lost thing

Middle Primary category (school years three and four)

1st place
2nd place
3rd place


Luka Simpson
Ari Cole
Izen Tan
Yi Han Zhang
Yumi Yuxuan Liang
Leo Haselhurst
Audrey Tucker
Ella Boyne
Jason Gou
Indiana Dolan

Up to Mischief
Wonky Ox
AFL Superfan
Black and White sibling
Spotty Dotty
Goldie in the rain
Give me my treat!
Papaya Bird
Charming Cockatoo 

Upper Primary category (school years five and six)

1st place
2nd place
3rd place


Gabriella Syme
Abby Hermann
Arisha Zayan
Elaine Yong
Isla Ware
Melody Rekhi
Lidia Savinykh
Cynthia Jiang
Callum Bockett
Xavier Hermann

Brave Face
Saving the Koala
The Furry Rider
Bernard Sidney Gordon VC
Sloth Family
The Night's Attack
A Curious Dog
The Beauty Roses
Near and Far

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

1st place
2nd place
3rd place


Quincy Tran Mo
Daisy Chalklen
Renee Zhou
Charlie Tame
Emily Schweitzer
Sharni Castle
Justina Tang
Amelia Foster
Olivia Taylor
Lili Comito

The Puppet Master
Advenae Taetae
Jeraldine the Chook
The Rhythm of Ballerinas
The Wanderer 
History has its eyes on you
The Weird Things

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

1st place
2nd place
3rd place


Emma Harvey
Jasmin Naish
Jana Mikosza
Katherine Parker
Nhat Vy Khuong Ngyuen
Athena Pham
Georgia Churack
Henry Baker
Estelle Shulman
Olivia Crockford 

The Both of Me
Single Use
School days with Saffron
Recollection of Early Days
Girl in Green
The Pigeon
Urban Art Commission
By my side

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 12 July to Sunday 8 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, Subiaco Bookshop, Dymocks Subiaco and Heroes Framing and Memorabilia.

Collection of artworks

Artworks will be available for collection at Subiaco Library between Friday 9 July and Sunday 25 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 25 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 25 July.

Exhibited artists must collect their entries from Subiaco Library at the close of the exhibition. Artworks must be collected between Monday 9 August and Sunday 22 August.

Frequently asked questions

For more information on entry requirements and competition information, please see our frequently asked questions document (PDF 488KB).

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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