The judging is over and the winners of the 2020 Little Sellers Art Prize have been announced.
Courtni Whittaker is the overall winner with her painting, Different Places to Go and See.
A finalist in the 13-15 age group category, Courtni receives $200 thanks to the generosity of Basil Sellers AM, who started the prize for young artists five years ago.
The Little Sellers Art Prize is an annual competition for aspiring local artists aged 5 to 18, and entries are divided into four age categories – 5 to 8, 9 to 12, 13 to 15 and 16 to 18 – with all entries eligible for the Eurobodalla Children’s Award (under 12 years) and Eurobodalla Youth Award (12 to 18 years).
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Eurobodalla Shire Council acquires the three major prize winners’ artwork for its permanent collection.
Council’s arts coordinator Indi Carmichael said the Little Sellers Art Prize provides vital exhibition practice to emerging local artists.
“This year’s theme was ‘North, south, east, west’,” she said. “Having to respond to a theme encourages aspiring artists to harness their imaginations, helping them develop into contemporary art makers of the future.
“It’s been particularly gratifying to see the support from our schools this year, making use of our newly instigated teacher resources that accompanied this year’s call for entries.”
Judge Carmel Cox remained undaunted while selecting finalists despite more than 200 entries this year.
“Carmel’s experience and her practiced eye saw her select work that responded to the theme, but also showed originality and technical skill,” said Ms Carmichael.
Ms Cox also selected the winners in each age-group category, while the Children’s Services Award and Youth Services Award winners, both sponsored by Eurobodalla Shire Council and valued at $75 each, were chosen by the coordinators of those services.
“Iona Kelly won the Children’s Services Award with her thought-provoking painting, Travels in the Mind,” said Ms Carmichael.
“The Youth Services Award went to The Adventurer’s Compass, by Makadde Ethel – another work exploring themes of travel and journey.”
You can view the announcement of finalists and browse their work online.