City of Subiaco - Shaun Tan Award
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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. 

A big congratulations to Csongor Horvath for winning this year's People Choice vote at the exhibition, for his artwork A Mysterious Life.

Lower primary category (school years one and two)

1st place
2nd place
3rd place
Highly Commended   


Jasper Rimmer
Emma Wroth
Sam Clarke
George Saicic
Matilda Ross
Caerleon Selman Toh
Milla Rouhliadeff
Ava Babich
Alicia Liaw
Asha Reid 

Best Rabbit Ever
Sam's Transformer
Scruffy Dog
Alpaca Loca
The Toucan
Little brother hold an Abalone
Self portrait on black


Middle primary category (school years three and four)

1st place
2nd place
3rd place
Highly Commended
Highly Commended


Eryn Richards
Jack Mayo
Samantha Yang
Benjamin Wroth
Chenghan Lei
Tomas Robiana Chacon
Ingrid Priscott
Amelia Spiro
Ella Levitzke
Alex Wang
Logan Kirklan

It wasn't me
Quiet Street
Robot Wars
My Beautiful State
Animal Soul
Portrait of Colours
Flowers in vase
I love Elephant
Self-portrait stencil print

Upper primary category (school years five and six)

1st place
2nd place
3rd place
Highly Commended
Highly Commended


Sarah Choo
Angela Lodis
Ben Marris
Ava Lindegger
Csongor Horvath             
Rby Lalita Crier
Jude Knowles
Yu Xuan Chen
Seth Shaw
Kaden Freeman

Self portrait
Wise Owl
Feed Me
A Mysterious Life          
Jude- Self portrait
Martial Arts
Ernesto the Armadillo
Set us Free

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

1st place
2nd place
3rd place                    


Luna Yan Cun Yang           
Jia Ning Li
Heidi Hill
Stephanie Abon
Sarah McKenzie
Cindy Peiying Wang
Milla Leach
Madeline Hodge

Blue Tongue Brother
The show mustn't go on     
Suburban Boy
My teacher

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

1st place
2nd place
3rd place
Highly Commended


Wendi Zeng
Darcie Richard
Isabella Holmes 
Monique Nash
Carmela Fruelda           
Xueting Shang
Emma Leach 
Lucas Tan
Julius Yu
Jacinta Posik 

The Generation Gap      
Never tear us apart  
Ellie in the Sun
Still life
Beauty & the Beast
Wouldn't it be nice
State of Flux
Grandad's Galah


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

_MG_1004.jpgShaun 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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