New art award recognises young talent

Tweed Shire Council

In conjunction with the newly established Wollumbin Art Award, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is excited to announce an art prize for the young artists – the Wollumbin Youth Art Award (WYAA).

Now open for entries, the biennial Award is open to young artists aged 5 to 18 years living in the Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Scenic Rim shires as well as Lismore and Gold Coast cities.

The WYAA offers an incredible range of sponsored prizes and cash prizes, courtesy of the Friends of the Gallery, across four age categories: 5–8 years: $100; 9–12 years: $150; 13–15 years: $250; and 16–18 years: $500.

Artists can submit visual art works of any subject matter and medium.

Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM said the young people in this region have had an unimaginably hard past two years.

“This Award intends to be a celebration of the extraordinary talent and creativity of our young artists,” Ms Muddiman said.

“We are extremely proud to be able to present this new award and I am looking forward to seeing what they present.”

The inaugural judge for the WYAA 2022 is internationally recognised contemporary artist and Tweed resident, Hiromi Tango.

Hiromi Tango is an established interdisciplinary artist, whose practice intersects with art, health and neuroscience, exploring universal themes of humanity, sustainability, and nature.

“It is my honour and great joy and delight to be nominated as a judge for this exciting 2022 Wollumbin Youth Art Award,” Tango said.

Entries for the Wollumbin Youth Art Award are now open.

Also open for entries is the inaugural Wollumbin Art Award (WAA).

The Award offers a first prize of $15,000 and a two-week residency at the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio.

The Gallery has also established a $10,000 First Nations Bundjalung Award, which includes a solo exhibition in the Gallery and a $5,000 Emerging Artist Award.

A pre-selection panel for the WAA 2022 has been announced and includes Tweed Regional Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM, Exhibitions Curator Sarah Wallace, Indigenous Art Officer, Arts Northern Rivers, Kylie Caldwell and respected Local Elder Aunty Joyce Summers.

A selection of finalists will be given the opportunity to display their works at the Gallery from Friday 23 September until Sunday 27 November.

Entries for the WAA 2022 are now open and close 5pm, Sunday 17 July 2022.

For details, go to Tweed Regional Gallery

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