Emerge Youth Art Awards

Record-breaking participation at Emerge Youth Art Awards 2023

The City of Nedlands' prestigious Emerge Youth Art Awards has surpassed all expectations this year, with a remarkable record of 172 entries received. The awards, open to Western Australian artists aged 12 to 25 years, received immense enthusiasm and talent from budding artists across the region.

The exhibition will be on display at the Tresillian Arts Centre from 25 July – 18 August.

Information for Emerge Entrants

Key Dates

Entries Open:  28 April

Entries Close: 14 July

Artwork Drop Off: 17 and 18 July between 3pm - 7pm

Exhibition Opening Event: 22 July 4pm – 6pm at the Tresillian Arts Centre

Exhibition Dates: 25 July – 18 August

Prize Categories

Open Award
First Prize $500 
Commendation $250

Resident's Award
First Prize $500 
Commendation $250

People's Choice Award
First Prize $500 

Under 18 Award
First Prize $250 

You will need to drop-off your art at Tresillian Arts Centre, 21Tyrell St, Nedlands between 3pm and 7pm on the 17th or 18th of July.  

Conditions of Entry

  1. Limit of two entries (pieces) per entrant. 
  2. The artwork submitted must be original and have been completed after 31 July the previous year. 
  3. All entries are eligible for the Open Award, and People’s Choice Award however only City of Nedlands residents are eligible for the Resident’s Award.  (Proof of residency will be required from the winner.) 
  4. Only entrants under the age of 18 years are eligible for the Under 18 Award. 
  5. Proof of age will be required from all winners before collecting prizes.  
  6. Entries can be framed or unframed. Unframed artworks will be mounted by a method of the curator’s choice. 
  7. Any works submitted after the delivery deadline will not be included in the exhibition. 
  8. Work left uncollected after 30 August will be disposed of. 
  9. 2D work must not exceed 1m x 1m. 
  10. 3D work must not exceed 60cm x 60cm x 60cm. 
  11. Please contact the organiser to discuss your display requirements. 
  12. All works must be deemed appropriate to be exhibited at a family exhibition. The organiser retains the right to deem any works unsuitable and therefore not eligible to be displayed. 
  13. As exhibition space is limited, the organiser reserves the right to not display all entries. 
  14. The City of Nedlands reserves the right to use photographs taken of entries, entrants and the opening event, for promotional purposes.


2023 Emerge Judges

Jill Ansell - Judge - 2023 Emerge Youth Art Awards

Jill Ansell

Artist and art educator

Jill Ansell is a painter and assemblage artist. She is a finalist in the 2023 Archibald Prize. Jill has twice been a finalist in the Lester Portrait Prize and in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize. She is the recipient of many Art Awards including the BankWest Open Art Award, York Art Award, Victoria Park Art Award, the Town of Cambridge Art Award, and the Town of Vincent Art Award. Her work is held in public and private collections, both nationally and internationally.

Jill works across a wide range of subjects from the local beach to surreal desert landscapes, but her favourite subject is the portrait. Her portraits typically engage the viewer with their humour and warm humanity. Her recent work in assemblage carefully weaves real objects and portrait together into an intriguing glimpse into the intimate world of the subject.

Photo supplied by artist.

Ric Burkitt - Judge - 2023 Emerge Youth Art AwardsRic Burkitt

Artist and art educator

Ric is an ex-graphic designer, part-time painting teacher, and full-time artist. Primarily a painter, Ric works in a variety of styles and mediums from his studio in Stoneville. His current body of work explores the potential for non-representational painting-using colour, line, shape, texture, and so on-to make emotional connections and convey impressions and insights that may resonate with the viewer.

He also enjoys painting semi-abstract florals in oils and acrylics, as well as mixed-media landscapes that attempt to capture the mood and feel of Stoneville's surrounding countryside.

In 2022, Ric won the Award for Painting at Ellenbrook Art Gallery and held a solo show there in October that year. Previously, he won the Ellenbrook Award for Painting with a large landscape work and was recently awarded both the painting and drawings prizes at the Northam Art Prize.

Ric is a member of the Mundaring Hills Open Studios group (where artists open their studios to the public in October each year), and regularly participates in group shows around Perth, most recently at Juniper Galleries, Darlington, and Art Marx Gallery in Fremantle. His extensive body of work can be explored at www.ricburkittstudio.com

Photo supplied by artist.


Tania Fabris

Tania Fabris - Judge - 2023 Emerge Art Awards

Artist and curator

Tania Fabris is an active multidisciplinary creativity practitioner. Her creativity extends to painting, sculpture and glasswork as a first-generation West Australian born on Whadjuk Noongar country of Venetian heritage with a Bachelor of Contemporary Art and Environmental spatial Design.

Fabris has used art for over two decades as a medium to express her cultural heritage, life experiences and contemporary environment - whether it be observational or emotional offering diverse representations of her artistic intent through research, social, cultural, or environmental. She speaks of her Venetian family who for generations have been designers, artists, and makers; that art for them was a way of life, a part of life. Fabris reflects on how she loves our Australian landscape nature flora and native bush. The bright colours, deep textures, lurking and nestling settling spirits offers diverse representation, imparting a clear manifestation of her experience in the Western Australian Outback. Her practice explores a wide range of fluid and flexible mediums, according to the fundamental nature and complexities evolving each work.

Having started her career in commercial enterprises has led to curating and facilitating numerous creative projects, undertaking a series of solo exhibitions, including an 'artist in residence' and various collaborative art projects and exhibitions.

Photo credit: Jessica Wyld Photography.