Emerge Youth Art Awards

Entries for the 2022 Emerge Youth Art Awards are now closed. To view the image gallery from the event, click here. 

Artists aged 12-25 years are invited to enter the City of Nedlands’ annual Emerge Youth Art Awards with a chance to win one of five prizes from a $2,250 prize pool.  This event includes an opening night and award presentation held in late July. 

Young artists are invited to enter artwork categories including print, photography, painting, drawing and sculpture. 


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 18th or 19th of July.  

Awards will be announced by the Deputy Mayor during an opening event on 23 July at Tresillian Arts Centre between 2pm and 6pm.  You are encouraged to invite your friends and family to hear the announcements, view the wonderful art and enjoy light food and beverages. 



  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

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Bernard Taylor 

Bernard Taylor is an award-winning photographic artist, designer and educator based in Perth, Western Australia. With a practice spanning across fashion, sound, sculpture and digital media, his work frequently melds elements of contemporary culture within surreal and disjointed contexts. 

Taylor studied fine art specialising in new media/electronic art at WA School of Art, Design, and Media, and at Edith Cowan University, and he received a Master’s of Business Administration and Bachelor in Marketing and Media from Curtin and Murdoch Universities respectively.

Denise Pepper 

Denise Pepper (BVA) is a WA artist and the recipient of the 2017 WA Sculptor Scholarship at Cottesloe Sculpture by the Sea. Initially, an art-glass sculptor Pepper’s recent practice has featured the creation of large Sculptural works utilising a variety of materials and is a regular contributor at the Sculpture by the Sea exhibitions. Pepper won the 2012 National Ranamok Art Glass Prize, and was named the 2009 Ausglass Emerging Artist, (the Vicki Torr Prize). Pepper has also won numerous Peoples choice and Sculpture Prizes at Australian exhibitions. Pepper’s work regularly considers the craftsmanship in the fabrication of lace and embroidery by translating this textiles-based research into unique glass and sculptural art. Her art applies an innovative use of materials and design to construct an imaginative concept. In 2021 Denise participated in the Viacom Channel 10 Production for Making It Australia which was broadcast nationally on the 10 Network. 

Jacqui Hills 

I am the founder and volunteer co-facilitator of the urban collective of print media artists Vic Park Printmaking Group. I focus my arts practice in the collaborative community arts space with the aim to share and extend my knowledge of print media and build community through artmaking in an open studio environment. In this role I bring people together to create, experience and share their printmaking in a safe community of play and inquiry, to learn and create relief and mono printmaking techniques. 

Printmaking offers the happenchance, the accidental that can be developed and drawn into and from or rearranged. My art reflects this organic process and includes a multimedia approach, such as other forms of printmaking, painting, collage and drawing.  

ECU  - 1984, Dip.Teach - Communications and Arts, 

CURTIN  - 1991, B.Ed, 2013, M.Ed, Awarded the John Lake Medal, in 2013.