Moreton Bay’s youngest put their art into it at awards

Published 27 October 2021


Eye-popping creations and rich illustrations have stolen the show at this year’s Moreton Bay Region Youth Art Awards, highlighting the community’s next generation of creative excellence.

Twenty-eight works took out top honours against a field of more than 300 entries, with colourful costumes, powerful paintings and even a nod to Marvel’s Iron Man catching the eye of the annual event’s judge.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Peter Flannery congratulated the awardees and entrants, and said it reinforced council’s push for a major university campus with creative industries in the region.

“Whether it’s the arts, STEM, business, or sport - we want to give the next generation in Moreton Bay the best possible opportunity to pursue their passion. And the sheer number of quality entries in this year’s art awards proves why,” Mayor Flannery said.

“This year’s judge was QAGOMA Children’s Art Centre’s Laura Mudge, and she’s no stranger to top-flight art. So for her to pick these winners and have such positive things to say, goes to show that our young artists are some of the best not just in the state, but the country.

“As a region, we don’t want to lose our creative talent. That’s why as part of the The Mill at Moreton Bay, we’ve advocated for a locally-based creative industries degree. And I have no doubt that some of the artists exhibited this year, may very well soon be walking into the classroom at USC’s Petrie campus.

“I’m extremely honoured that we’ve been able to showcase these works at our very own Strathpine Community Centre, which together with our galleries across the region, is fast-making Moreton Bay a must-see destination for art.  

Mayor Flannery said winners walked away with cash prizes for their efforts, including $1,000 for each school that won in the collaborative artwork category.  

“From Bree Fraser’s piece Slipping Away to Riley Rachow’s 3D creation Fishing with Grandad, this year’s awards was an exhibition that all entrants and winners can be proud of.

“I look forward to talking about these artists in a few years’ time when they’re the talk of the art world, and saying they came from our region and were discovered here first at our Moreton Bay Youth Art Awards.”

Full list of winners:



People’s Choice Award

Still - Ashleigh Willis

3D artwork category: Grades Prep - 3

First prize: Fishing with Grandad - Riley Rachow

Second prize: My world - Henry Reilly

Third prize: My sister - Jack Read

3D artwork category: Grades 4 - 6

First prize: IRON MAN Mk Cardboard - Nathan Kemp

Second prize: Underwater World - Abigail Johnsen

Third prize: Eye spy - Nyah Ford

3D artwork category: Grades 7 - 10

First prize: Fractured Self - Sarah Shin

Second prize: Lyagushka - Taigh Saville

Third prize: The Judging Mushroom - Grace Chant

3D artwork category: Grades 11, 12 and other

First prize: And? - Grace Smith

Second prize: We Cannot Eat Money - Emily Russell

Third prize: colours of the reef - Kay-lee Flenady

2D artwork category: Grades Prep - 3

First prize: Rhino Sleep - Kate Hickey

Second prize: Mumpalump - Arlo Davies

Third prize: Angry Red - Oliver Jensen

2D artwork category: Grades 4 - 6

First prize: Alexa Demie - Madison Stevenson

Second prize: It’s complicated - Jacob Cromie

Third prize: Ping Ping - Piper MacDonald

2D artwork category: Grades 7 - 10

First prize: Best friends - Lachlan Heap

Second prize: Woman Beside Neon Lights - Dylan Schott

Third prize: Kittens in mittens - Amélie Johnsen

2D artwork category: Grades 11, 12 and other

First prize: Slipping Away - Bree Fraser

Second prize: Untitled (Still Life) - Asha Scott

Third prize: The Sanctuary of Thoughts - Joshua Tilke

Collaborative artwork category: Grades Prep - 3

Birds of a Feather - Mt Nebo State School

Collaborative artwork category: Grades 4 - 6

Yodelling Goats….Mona Lisa - Pine Community School

Collaborative artwork category: Grades 7 - 12

Our Collective - Genesis Christian College


The Queensland Art Gallery ǀ Gallery of Modern Art’s Children’s Art Centre believes there is no right or wrong way when it comes to making art, the most important thing is having a go. We recognise that every child has a different approach and value their personal creativity and expression.

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