Challenge art competition winners announced

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The Challenge Art Competition was open to people with a disability and foster care children throughout New South Wales. The competition was in its tenth year and it promotes creativity and confidence for the young and old. The theme for this year was “Wonderland” and the 185 artworks included paintings, photography and sculpture.

After a successful People’s Choice Voting Day, the winners were announced at a Presentation Day at Ray Walsh House, Tamworth. Twenty two prizes were awarded for the five different categories. There was a prize pool of more than $2,500.

Challenge CEO Barry Murphy thanked the public for supporting the annual competition, “It was great to see so many people enjoying the colourful display and casting their votes for their favourite artwork,” Mr Murphy said.

“The calibre of this year’s work is some of the best the competition has seen and the artists have really embraced the Wonderland theme,” Mr Murphy said.  

Challenge Art Competition Winners

People with Disability Aged 0-12

First Prize: Class 5, Bullimbal SSP
Runner Up: Alisha Frazier, Bullimbal SSP
Encouragement Award: Bailey Stokes, Bullimbal SSP
People’s Choice: Class 5, Bullimbal SSP

People with Disability Aged 13-18

First Prize: Samuel Beaver, Hasting’s Secondary College Westport Campus - Support Unit
Runner Up: Amanda McKay, The Ascent Group - Armidale
Encouragement Award: Jaymie Wilson, Challenge Community Services – Newcastle
People’s Choice: Samuel Beaver, Hasting’s Secondary College Westport Campus - Support Unit 

People with Disability Aged 19-100+

First Prize: Tiffany Doyle, The Ascent Group - Armidale
Runner Up: Jason Williams, Lifebridge Australia – Tweed Heads
Encouragement Award: Rebekah Sweetnam, Lifebridge Australia - Tweed Heads
Encouragement Award: Phyllis Jimenez, The Ascent Group – Armidale
Encouragement Award: Liam Hay, The Ascent Group - Armidale
People’s Choice: Matthew Hourn, Challenge Community Services – Singleton 

Author: Challenge Community Services

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About Challenge Community Services

60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disabilities. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 600 staff, 85 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.
In the spirit of Reconciliation, Challenge Community Services acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.
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