2020 Celebrate Australia Primary School Art Competition Winners Announced!

2020 Celebrate Australia Primary School Art Competition Winners Announced!

There could not have been a better time to reveal the winners of the annual Celebrate Australia Primary School Art Competition, than during Australia Day Family Fun Day, hosted by Gladstone Regional Council at the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens last Sunday.

To enter the competition, young artists of the region created artworks in a variety of media, featuring an aspect of Australia that is special to them. The competition has been very popular, with 389 entries received by the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum this year, bringing the total to 4,422 artworks submitted since the project started in 2006. From Agnes Water to Ambrose, Yarwun to Calliope, as well as Boyne Island, Tannum Sands and Gladstone, this year 13 schools across the region gave their support. What an amazing effort from everyone involved!

Newly appointed Gallery & Museum Manager & Curator Cameron Curd faced the challenging job of selecting the winners. The competition has two sections of entry: Section One for Prep to Year 2 students and Section Two for Year 3 to Year 6 students. This year, Three Prizes and four Highly Commended awards were presented in each section by Councillor Matt Burnett, Mayor Gladstone Region, during Australia Day celebrations.

Jye Wingate took out the First Prize in Section One, for his work Australia’s Horrible Fires (above).

“An abstract image of power and beauty about the horrible fires.  Seen from the point of view of Jye, this image’s power of simplicity won me over. It addresses both the raging bush fires and what remains.  Well done Jye”, said Mr Curd.

While the winners list is available online, Mr Curd encourages everyone to take time out and visit the exhibition at one of the regional venues. Upcoming exhibition dates: 3 to 29 February 2020, CQUniversity Gladstone Marina Campus. For full list of touring venues visit the Gallery & Museum’s website.

To commemorate Australia Day 2020, the fourteen prize winning works have been reproduced by Council as complimentary souvenir postcards, available at the exhibition venues and while stocks last.

A huge shout of thanks goes out to all the contributing artists and their schools, for their support of this year’s project!