Young Artist Awards

Thank you to all entrants of the 2018 Young Artist Awards.
Over 300 people gathered at Kalamunda’s Zig Zag Gallery for the official exhibition opening of the 2018 Young Artist Awards on Friday, 17 August 2018. The works of 89 young creatives adorned the gallery’s walls, inspired by the 2018 year’s WA Youth Week theme “Illuminate - Djoondal Djoomba. [View the 2018 winners here...]

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Details below is for information only


The City of Kalamunda is committed to fostering the talents and artistic pursuits of young people in the region. This commitment is supported through the presentation of the Young Artist Awards – Kalamunda.

The aim of the Young Artist Awards is to showcase and celebrate emerging young artists through a professional exhibition at the Zig Zag Gallery in Kalamunda, connecting the community with up-and-coming young creatives.


The theme of the 2018 Young Artist Awards – Kalamunda is Illuminate - Djoondal Djoomba. This is the same theme as this year’s WA Youth Week.

This theme has a twofold meaning. Illuminate relates to space; time; the future of young people, bringing light to young people, and shining bright, and positive mental health. Djoondal Djoomba was inspired by the 'Carers of Everything' Nyoongar Dreamtime story of country, which is about the star woman and spirits coming from darkness to light.

Please note: The theme is not compulsory, however there is an award for Best Interpretation of Theme. Your work may reflect the theme, or it can be completely inspired by something else.

Award Categories

Main prize of $500 and a total prize pool of $1,500.

Category Ages
Best Piece 10 - 14
Best Piece 15 - 25
Highly Commended (Two awards) Open
Emerging Artist Award (Best Overall Piece) Open
Peoples Prize Open
Best interpretation of theme Open



If you are aged between 10 and 25 years and live, work, volunteer, study or visit the City of Kalamunda we invite you to submit your art.

Art Forms & Materials

Art forms eligible for the Young Artist Awards – Kalamunda include:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Mixed Media Artwork
  • Multimedia

How Your Work Must be Presented

All 2D work (drawing, painting, photography, ect) must be framed (or mounted on a board) and ready to hang:

  • Its best if your work has a wire or string securely strung across the back
  • If you are using a single hook it must be at least 10mm wide at the top

All artwork must be clearly labelled with the artist’s name, phone number and artwork title attached to the back of the work.


Do you need some extra help getting your artwork ready to hang in the Young Artist Awards? Would you like to learn how to best present your work to maximise its impact and appeal in a Gallery setting?

Then you need to come along to the City of Kalamunda’s free workshop Getting Your Work Exhibition Ready.
Location: Zig Zag Cultural Gallery, 50 Railway Road, Kalamunda
Date: Thursday, 9 August 4pm - 5pm
This workshop will be facilitated by the City’s Event & Gallery Coordinator Marilyn Keys. Marilyn has over two decades experience working with artists and curating exhibitions, and she is keen to share her knowledge with our community’s emerging young creatives.

Young people entering the Awards as well as their families and/or friends are welcome to attend this free workshop. 
To register for the workshop, email, or call 9257 9968

How to Enter

Read Competition Guidelines
Applications closed on 5pm Wednesday, 8th August 2018.

Artwork must be:

  • Delivered to the Zig Zag Gallery in Kalamunda:  Monday 13 August 3pm – 4:30pm or Tuesday 14 August 9am – 11am
  • Collected from the Zig Zag Gallery in Kalamunda: Monday 27 August 9am – 11am or 3pm – 4:30pm


The Young Artist Awards will be judged by a panel of three professionals, including a representation from the City of Kalamunda’s Arts Advisory Committee.

The judge’s decision is final, however young people are welcome to request feedback from the judges about their work.

Awards Announcement & Exhibition Opening Night

The Young Artist Awards Exhibition Opening Night will take place from 6pm – 8pm on Friday 17 August at the Zig Zag Gallery in Kalamunda.

This is a free event and all applicants, family, friends and other supporters are invited to this celebration of young artists. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. There will also be live music courtesy of the talented senior band from Focus Music.

* Please note, as this is an all-ages event, the exhibition opening night will be alcohol free.

More Information

Contact Youth Services:
Phone: (08) 9257 9968



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