The Opportunity
There is a wealth of talented young artists within our schools. The Tasmanian Craft Fair (TCF) seeks to provide an opportunity and a platform for Tasmania’s young creatives to showcase their abilities in developing an artwork to be shown to the diverse and large scale audience that the TCF attracts.

With this in mind, the Tasmanian Young Artist Awards (TYAA) have been created.

The TYAA is seen as a means to provide encouragement and exposure for Tasmania’s young artists to showcase their work to an audience in the thousands.

In addition, it is expected that the TYAA and the exhibiting young artists would receive recognition and promotion on TV, radio, social media and newspapers.

Theme for 2017: “Contrasts”

Eligibility: Open to any child in full-time education from grades 7 to 12 at any Tasmanian school or college, who is aged under 18 at the time of application.

Logistics: Only one art work is to be submitted, with a maximum size of 1 square metre.  

This 1 square metre area could be made up of smaller sub-sections, but must not exceed 1 square metre in total.

Artists are invited to respond to this theme in any 2D medium of their choosing, including but not limited to: paint, drawing media, printmaking, photography, collage, mixed media or textiles.  

The artwork shortlisted for exhibition must be ready to hang, and any special requirements for installation should be indicated as necessary.  Flat D-rings and picture wire must be placed at the back of works such as canvas stretchers or framed images to enable the work to be hung. Artworks can also be pinned to gallery walls.

Prizes: A $500 prize for best High School student and a $750 prize for best College student.

Exhibition size: Up to 30 works will be shortlisted for exhibition.  Non-acquisitive, with expressions of interest for sale to be passed onto entrants.

Applications: The application form can be downloaded by clicking on Application-form-and-information.docx
Applications for 2017 closed on 1st August 2017. Applications for next year are planned to be opened in April 2018.