Friday, 31 March 2017

Local young artists dreaming about having their art exhibited in a professional gallery could make that dream a reality with the Masterpieces 2K17 Youth Art Competition and Exhibition.

The annual Masterpieces competition showcases an iconic collection of artworks exploring the current social perspectives of Mandurah's creative youth community.

Entries are now open for the 2017 competition in three age categories; 13 to 15 years, 16 to 17 years and 18 to 25 years. Artworks may include mediums of painting, drawing, print, digital media, sculpture and mixed media.

The works will be exhibited at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM) from April 28 to May 21. The launch event on Friday, April 28 will celebrate the winning artists in each category including the new 'digital art' category, as selected by the Masterpieces 2K17 judging panel.

Mayor Marina Vergone encouraged young artists to get involved in the competition as a way of expressing their ideas and views through art.

“The Masterpieces 2K17 competition provides a great opportunity for the talented young people in our community to showcase their works on a public platform,” she said.

“The calibre of works we have seen throughout the years since Masterpieces started is outstanding, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the works that come from this year's event.”

As part of the competition, free youth art workshops will be held to allow artists to learn new skills and techniques with professional artists.

The free workshops are:

  • Digital Drawing with Sam Lee, Sunday April 2, 9am-12pm at Falcon Fab Lab, Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre. Learn how to draw digitally using software and a graphics tablet.
  • Sculptural Wax Vessels with Helen Coleman, Sunday, April 9, 9am-12pm at CASM workshop space, 63 Ormsby Terrace. Design and fabricate a vessel and figurine using mixed media and encaustic (wax) mediums.

For more information on Masterpieces 2K17 and to register for the workshops, go to