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Bayside youth connect through their art

Young Bayside artists have been celebrated in an annual exhibition and award ceremony held at Bayside City Council last week.

Now in its’ 19th year, the Young People of Bayside Art Exhibition is a highlight of Bayside’s Arts calendar, showcasing the high calibre sculptures, paintings, drawings and photography of young people aged from 10 to 25 who contribute to vibrant artistic life of the City of Bayside.

More than 130 entries were received this year on the theme of connecting young people through art. The works have been on display at Bayside City Council’s Sandringham Corporate Centre for the past month.

Awards were presented to winners and runners up in three age categories and an overall Bayside Youth Committee Choice Award.

Bayside Mayor Cr Michael Heffernan said the young artists had created pieces discussing mental health, the impacts of social media, our joint responsibilities to protect the environment and how creating art created friendships.

“The awards provide an opportunity for young people to participate in the creative life of our community and has become an annual celebration of their talent and dedication.

“We all benefit from having a connected community and ensuring that all members feel respected and celebrated.”

This year’s winners are:

Primary School

Winner: Zoe Cochlan, Natures View

Runner up: Isla Giles, Skate Your Heart Out

Middle School

Winner: Helen Vũ, The Blue

Runner up: Samantha North, Quiet Contemplation

Open Age

Winner: Dan Nav, Modern Repression

Runner up: Lucy Simpson, My World

Bayside Youth Committee Award: Alia van der Straaten, Dear Future

Guests admiring the 2019 art exhibits