The works of local Mandurah artists aged 13 to 25 were recognised and celebrated at the Masterpieces 2K18 Art Competition and Exhibition awards night on Friday, April 20.
On arrival, audiences enjoyed an acoustic performance by local singer Shannon White which was accompanied by Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah's first outdoor projection.
The engaging projection artwork was a culmination of young artists' videos pieces created during the Masterpieces 2018 Projectioneering workshops, facilitated by audio-visual artist and music director Roly Skender and presented by Art On the Move.
With the number of entries up by 16 percent this year, the annual Masterpieces competition showcases the depth of talent and explores the current social perspectives of Mandurah's creative youth community.
The competition encouraged participating artists to submit drawings, paintings, urban art, photography and digital media.
Artists and their families came together at the awards night on April 20 (coinciding with Youth Week WA) to celebrate the artists and recognise the following award recipients:
- First - 'A Pretty Kind of Sadness' by Lily-Rose Burman
- Second - 'Kids Just Wanna Have Fun' by Ella Urielle Narido
- Third - 'Two Kids and One Bag of Tortilla Chips' by Ethan Dodson
- Highly Commended - See Digital Media category
- First - 'Hidden Mental Illness' by Kyarna Humphreys
- Second - 'Blind' by Nina Mansfield
- Third - 'Hidden Beauty' by Kelly Erskine
- Highly Commended - 'Struggle for Honesty' by Lawson Boughey
- First - 'Bomb Belt' by Ciara Sewell
- Second - 'Disillusioned Freedom' by Brodie Haigh
- Third - 'The Fool' by Lexie Sleet
- Highly Commended - 'Dakota' by Amber Bakhuizen
- First - 'Kimono' by Hannah O'Keeffe
- Second - 'Bloodlust' by Kaitlin Palmer
- Third - 'Morning Commute' by Zachary MacIntyre
- Highly Commended - For both Digital Media and 13-15 years categories is 'BTS War of Hormone (호르몬 전쟁)' by Courtney Ross
Deputy Mayor Caroline Knight was again impressed by the quality of this year's entries and various themes explored by the emerging artists.
“The Masterpieces competition allows talented young artists to express their honest and open challenges in today's society,” she said.
“We are proud of the 45 local young artists that have showcased their talent. Mandurah is full of budding creatives.”
The event once again acknowledged annual event sponsors Terrace Art Framers and Mandurah Graphics for their continued support of local youth creative development.
Audiences are invited to join CASM for the exhibition's free artist talk at 2pm on Sunday, May 13. The works will be exhibited at CASM until May 13, with opening hours from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm.