The response to The Henderson Gallery’s inaugural Kids for Art Competition exceeded all expectations with more than 150 beautiful entries from children aged one to 12.
Individuals and schools from all over Brisbane took part in the competition which demonstrated a wide depth of talent.
Henderson Gallery Principal Artist, Wayne Weaver said the quality of entries was outstanding, demonstrating a desire for young people to leave any inhibitions behind and express themselves through visual art. “I was particularly delighted to find many of the entries showed signs of a depth of talent not often seen in young people’s work and is testament to the opportunities that are being offered for open expression,” he said.
Gallery owner and Principal Artist Robert Henderson, who also judged the entries, said the gallery was established to encourage emerging artists and the opportunity to offer encouragement to very young emerging artists was dear to his heart. “My congratulations to all the artists and their families. There is plenty of talent in our local area. As a six year old, I won a school painting competition. Nobody was more surprised than me that I’d won. The impact of being encouraged has stuck with me to this day.” “It is important to encourage young talent, and to that end we will be running another art competition for young ones at the end of the year,” he said.
Local West End and South Brisbane businesses supported the competition with a range of prizes for each age group.
The winners were:
Age 1, Helena, age 2 Emily, age 3, James, age 4 Maddison, age 5, Imogen, age 6, Hannah, age 7, Jack, age8, Archie, age 9, Gemma, age 10, Hedley, age 11, Shanisha and age 12, Hunter.
Junction Part State School produced a whole-of-school entry and the students were awarded a special prize.
Abbey-Mae from Yeronga won the prize determined by public vote by visitors to the gallery.
The encouragement award went to Nargis.
Three-year-old Abbey-Mae from Yeronga who won the public vote prize with her painting of herself and her mother.