A selection of artworks entered in the annual Les Peterkin Portrait Prize, which celebrates the artistic talent of local primary school students, will be on display at Tweed Regional Gallery until 15 November.
Working on the theme Once Upon a Time, 2500 primary school students from 33 local schools sketched, collaged, painted and digitally altered portraits that portrayed characters from their favourite stories. Zavier Dobbyn from Murwillumbah Public School won first prize for the 5-7 years category, Evan Danson from Chillingham Public School won first prize for the 8-10 years category and Jaimie Fox, also from Chillingham Public School, won first prize in the 11-13 years category.
Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM said the prize was named after legendary local artist and teacher, Les Peterkin.
“The Prize is also made possible by the financial support of Tweed Shire Council, Tyalgum Public School, and the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.,” Ms Muddiman said.
“This year boasts the largest prize pool in the history of the Prize, with generous contributions from Derivan, School Arts Supplies and Artable. Last but not least, the Prize would not be possible without the enthusiasm of art-loving parents, volunteers and teachers,” she said.
“Prize winners, along with the creators of 37 other award-winning and commended works, will have the thrill of seeing their artworks professionally framed and hung in the prestigious Gallery setting,” Ms Muddiman said.
“A further 200 outstanding works will be displayed in folios for the duration of the exhibition.”
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.”
Les Peterkin Portrait Prize exhibition runs ‘til 15 November at Tweed Regional Gallery
PHOTO: Ari Messina, Cybergirl 2014