What is the purpose of the Youth Art Prize?

The purpose of the Waverley Youth Art Prize is to encourage creativity in young artists from Sydney’s Eastern Beaches. It is an open prize and all artwork entries are hung so they get to experience the joy of being an exhibiting artist and seeing an audience appreciate their work and talents. We ask parents, guardians and teachers to respect the age guidelines of the prize. While there are prizes awarded, the joy of seeing their artwork on display is the real prize.

What are the prizes?

Over $3000 of cash prizes and sponsored donations will be awarded. The winner of the senior category will receive a voucher to attend the National Art Schools Summer School Program in an area of their choosing.

Who can enter the Youth Art Prize?

The competition is open to all young artists from 9 to 18 years of age. There are three sections:- 9 to 12 years- 13 to 15 years- 16 to 18 years. 
HSC major works are eligible.An artist may only enter 1 artwork.Any Waverley Councillor, Waverley Council staff and members of their immediate families are ineligible.

Can groups enter the Youth Art Prize?

Group entries are accepted for the Waverley Youth Art Prize. Groups should only submit one entry form. It is the responsibility of the teacher/parent/guardian who submits a group entry form to ensure that all guardians of group agree to the terms and conditions of the Youth Art Prize prior to submitting.Groups who receive a prize will receive a prize pack. It is the group’s responsibility to divide this prize pack within the group themselves.

What medium of art can I submit?

All works submitted must be allocated a medium on the entry form:
Drawing 
Painting
Photography
Printmaking 
Sculpture 
Video/Film/New media

What is the maximum size of art work?

The maximum size/weight of an artwork is:
- 2 sq metres for two-dimensional works (inc. frame).

eg. 1.50m × 1.33m = 2 sq metres

eg. 2.00m × 1.00m = 2 sq metres

20kg maximum weight, any medium. Sculptures must be no larger than 30 x 30 x 30cm.

Artworks larger than this may be accepted at the exhibitor’s own risk.

How can I present my artwork?

Guidelines for the presentation of work include:- 2 dimensional works can be professionally framed, including mount board under glass- Works on canvas mounted on a stretcher- Works on paper (eg. drawing or prints) without frames must be mounted on foam-core (an art cardboard available from art supply shops)- Sculptures must fit within the size limit of 30 x 30 x 30cm and must be durable. Artworks larger than this may be accepted at the exhibitors own risk.- Films/video must be supplied as mp4 via USB in a labelled envelope. All submitted film entries may be compiled onto an age specific show reel once submitted.- No unprotected glass edges or wet paintings will be accepted.Parents, guardians, teachers and young artists MUST be aware that the Waverley Library Galleries is a public space. Artworks which are particularly fragile may be damaged. Artworks must be durable. Works may be rejected due to poor presentation or fragility.All entries should be clearly labelled on the back with title, age group, name of artist, school/art school, email and telephone number. The entry form must be submitted with work.

How do I submit my application?

To submit works to the Youth Art Prize at the Waverley Library Gallery, you must first complete the online application form available at waverley.nsw.gov.au/youthartprize. Once you have submitted this form, you will be sent a confirmation containing the artworks details. Please print and attach this form to the back of the artwork. If your artwork is a USB, please attach the artwork details to an envelope and submit the USB in this labelled envelope.Delivery of artworks can only take place on Friday 24 May between 10am and 6pm at the Waverley Library. Deliveries or artworks will only be accepted on this day between these times.

Where and when do entries need to be received?

Entries will be received at the Waverley Library, 32-48 Denison St, Bondi Junction on Friday 24 May between 9.30am and 6pm. Late entries will not be accepted. Please ensure that your artwork is delivered on this day after submitting the online form.

When and where will the award presentation be held?

The Award Presentation will be held at the Waverley Library on Thursday 6 June 2019 at 5pm. All entrants will be considered for their respective age category prize and any overarching prizes. Entrants will also be considered for the People’s Choice Award, which will be voted on for the duration of the exhibition by visitors.

Where will the artworks be exhibited?

The exhibition will be held at the Waverley Library Gallery, Denison St, Bondi Junction. All works must remain in the exhibition from 6 June to 24 July 2019.

When can I collect my artwork?

Entries must be collected on Thursday 25 July 2019 at the Waverley Library. Works not collected at this time can only be collected by making an appointment with the Gallery Coordinator on (02) 9386 7790. Works not collected by 31 August 2019 will be disposed of.