Young artists recognised

The city’s youth showcased its creativity at the Raw Arts Awards on Thursday night.

Visual arts, digital media, literature and performing arts were all recognised at the awards and exhibition at Dudley House.

It is the 20th year of the Raw Arts Awards which were established in 1997.

The awards were introduced to support young people and provide opportunities for a diverse and vibrant local arts and cultural program. 

City of Greater Bendigo arts director Rohan Phillips said it was great to showcase the artist’s creative efforts.

“The fact that it is fresh each year is one of stimulating things about it,” he said.

“Being able to present some of those works including the performing arts is a celebration.”

As well as the Dudley House exhibition, The Capital hosted a small show of performing artists who entered the Raw Arts Awards.

Pianists, violionist, bass players, bands and bagpipes players performed on Thursday night.

Council provides four $1000 cash scholarships and four $250 highly commended prizes across four arts disciplines.

This year’s awards attracted 89 entries from local young people aged from 9 to 25 years of age.

Star Wanyama was the winner of the visual arts award with Teaghan Perryman highly commended.

The digital media award went to Adam Hartshorn with Isabella Doherty highly commended.

Maree Whillance won the performing arts scholarship. Guitarist Sean Nudl was highly commended.

The literature award was won by Elyse Moore ahead of Darcey Alexander who was highly commended.

An exhibition featuring this year’s visual arts entries is on display at Dudley House until Sunday, May 21. It is open from 11am to 3pm.

After that, a selection of the entries will also be featured in a display called More RAW in The Capital foyer from Monday, May 22, until the end of June.

The awards and exhibitions provide an opportunity for young people to receive recognition and support further studies in their chosen arts field.

“The opportunity for artists and performers to get their work hung or presented in professional way is stimulating,” Mr Phillips said.

“We like to think that, for participants, it is inspiring to see what their peers are creating.”