Art competition for Queensland's wildly creative junior artists

Junior artists from across Queensland are encouraged unleash their creativity and enter Sunshine Coast Council’s Wild HeART Student Art competition.

Students aged eight to 18 can enter their artwork into three age categories for a chance to win a share of $3,000 in prizes.

Sunshine Coast councillor Maria Suarez says this year’s art prize includes all native Australian wildlife and plants.

The prize encourages school-age children from all over Queensland to submit their artwork.

“[This work should] realistically portray an Australian animal or plant,” Cr Suarez says.

She says the prize celebrates all of Australia’s native wildlife and plants. She encouraged students to learn about their chosen species’ unique qualities and its place in the Australian landscape.

“When selecting their subject, students should consider why they chose the species,” Cr Suarez says.

Students should also determine if the species is under threat, and whether the creative process taught them something new.

“Our aim is to help create a deeper connection and respect between children and their natural environment,” Cr Suarez says.

About the Wild HeART competition

There are three age categories for the art prize:

  • 8 years and younger
  • 13 years and younger
  • 18 years and younger

Students can also enter one of the following three categories:

  • Australian flora, including fungi
  • Australian fauna
  • Endangered Australian flora or fauna

Entries close on Sunday, July 17, 2022.

All entry instructions, forms, eligibility criteria and conditions are available at here.

The Wild HeART Student Art Prize is generously supported by Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Friends Regional Gallery Caloundra Inc., Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld – Sunshine Coast & Hinterland Inc. and Qld Wildlife Artists Society Inc.


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Written by Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City

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