Entries due for Youth Art Award

The Tuggeranong Rotary Youth Arts Award, amazingly now in its 21st year, is justly claimed by Tuggeranong Arts Centre to be Canberra’s longest running annual youth arts competition.

Winner of the 2010 Award, Hayley Lander, 'Under the Skin', oil on canvas

Winner of the 2010 Award, Hayley Lander, ‘Under the Skin’, oil on canvas

Small matter that in recent times the centre has adopted the unsightly acronym ‘TRYA’ for the award, it has won an important place in the visual arts calendar of the national capital and the winners have been far more than just ‘triers.’

It’s been the starting point for many young artist, not least the 1996 winner, Danie Mellor, went on to adorn the walls of Sydney’ Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Gallery of Australia and now in news to hand, the National Gallery of Canada.

Other independent artists, like Sarah Firth, have used this award as a jumping off point for a professional career.

Now it’s time for young artists to get their entries in for this year’s award, which boasts a $2000 acquisitive main prize and an exhibition providing local artists aged 15-25 with exposure.

According to the centre’s CEO, Rauny Worm, during the 21 years of the award, “partnerships between the Rotary Club of Tuggeranong, Tuggeranong Arts Centre and the business community have created a strong platform to showcase and develop the work of the city’s young artists.”

TCA accepts visual artworks of any subject and media, which must be delivered to Tuggeranong Arts Centre on or before Monday, June 2.

Shadow Minister for the Arts, Brendan Smyth, will open the award show, where winner will also be announced, on June 6.

For an artist entry form, visit tuggeranongarts.com or phone 6293 1443.

The full list of prizes is as follows:

  • The $2000 Rotary Club of Tuggeranong Acquisitive Award

  • The $500 Academy of Interactive Entertainment New Media Award
  • The CIT Centre for Creative Industries Award – $500 towards tuition fees in any course offered
  • The PhotoAccess Young Photographers Award – $250 towards membership/course

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