An enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Braidwood Community Arts Centre for the opening of the inaugural Youth Art Awards on Friday, September 29. Entrants and their friends and families crowded in to admire the artwork and to hear who had won the very generous range of prizes.
The 33 works of art submitted across the three age categories were of an impressively high standard and covered many forms and styles, including woodwork, ceramics and video. The entrants were all congratulated by the judge, Adrienne Boag. The show also clocked up some impressive sales across all media, including photographs, prints, woodwork and jewellery.
The three major prize-winners were Braidwood locals Alex Royds (21-25) and Louis Munnings (13-16), and Briana Emerson from Bungendore (17-20).
The Youth Art Awards would not have been possible without the help and support of sponsors. The Braidwood Community Bank provided the generous prize money and other local businesses and individuals really came to the fore to ensure our young artists were well recognised for their efforts. Feedback has been extremely positive and the Braidwood Regional Arts organisers hope this will be just be the first of many such events.
Category A (21-25 years)
Winner $2000 and Mentorship - Alex Royds
Highly Commended $500 - Tom Alder
Category B (17-20 years)
Winner $1000 and Mentorship - Briana Emerson
Highly Commended $300 each - Rebecca Doran and Logan Preston
Commended $250 - Lily Munnings and Holly Poore
Category C (13-16 yrs)
Winner $500 - Louis Munnings
Highly Commended $200 - Morgan Rodrigues and Lucy Baumann-Lionet
The main Peoples’ Choice award went to Georgina Campbell.
The two major prizes also include in-kind support in the form of mentorships and other benefits.