Pint-sized artist exhibition launch

Evan Danson's Ned Kelly, First Prize (8-10 years).Chillingham Public School.
Evan Danson's Ned Kelly, First Prize (8-10 years).Chillingham Public School.

ONE of the Tweed Regional Gallery's most popular exhibitions, showcasing artists you've likely never heard of, will be launched on Friday.

The 19th annual Les Peterkin Portrait Prize celebrates the artistic talent of pint-sized amateur artists - students from local primary schools.

The exhibition sees prize winners, along with the creators of 37 commended works, given the thrill of seeing their artworks professionally framed and hung in the setting of a prestigious gallery.

A further 200 outstanding works will be displayed in folios for the duration of the exhibition.

Working on the theme Once Upon a Time, 2500 primary school students from 33 local schools painted, sketched, collaged, and digitally altered portraits that portrayed characters from their favourite stories. 

 

Jaimie Fox's William Shakespeare, First Prize (11-13 years).Chillingham Public School.
Jaimie Fox's William Shakespeare, First Prize (11-13 years).Chillingham Public School.

The major winners were:

- Zavier Dobbyn from Murwillumbah Public School who won first prize for the 5-7 years category.

- Evan Danson from Chillingham Public School who won first prize for the 8-10 years category

- and Jaimie Fox, also from Chillingham Public School, who won first prize in the 11-13 years category.

This year's judges were local artist Cathy Egan, President of Friends of the Gallery, Lyn Stewart and local artist and teacher, Deb Cocks,

Prize Coordinator, Ms Marianne Galluzzo, said the judging was a very lively process, with emphasis placed on selecting the most creative and inspired works.

"This year's theme was chosen to expand the imaginations of our aspiring young artists through stories," Ms Galluzzo said.

"Providing them the opportunity to explore and translate known elements of the narrative, such as setting, plot and characterisation into illustrative portraits."

The gallery will host the official opening and prize-giving ceremony on Sunday at 10.15am (daylight savings time).

The exhibition will be officially opened by Tyalgum Public School Principal, Janelle Cloherty, at 11.30am.

To follow, Marianne Galluzzo, Lyn Stewart and the man himself, Les Peterkin, will announce the winners and lead the prize-giving ceremony.



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