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