This year four students from the Gifted and Talented Visual Arts Program were selected as finalists for the Black Swan Youth Award, with Year 8 student Elise Steinemann taking out 1st prize for the Year 7 and 8 category for her self portrait, Reflections.
Year 10 student Freja Holmer was the 2nd Prize winner for the Year 9 and 10 category for the portrait of her friend titled, Enora. Year 12 student Tessaray Ackermann’s portrait, Roe 8 reflection, and Year 10 student Stefhanie Abon’s portrait, Suburban Boy were also among the 40 finalists.
John Curtin won 1st Prize for the Schools’ Award, the prize being a professional art workshop valued at $1000.
More than 200 youth artists entered the prestigious portrait prize this year, the second largest total to enter since ARTrinsic Inc conceived the event 12 years ago.
The artists were invited to submit portraits of an Australian, or Australians, that they respect or admire, or a self-portrait. Mediums such as oil, acrylic, charcoal, graphite, marker pen, chalk, pastel and aerosol, on canvas, paper and wood were used, plus lino print featured in this year’s collection.
These winning students were announced at an awards ceremony at Brookfield Place in Perth CBD on 7 November 2018, where the works are currently on display until the end of the month.
Photo by Johannes Reinhart Fine Art Photography