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Little Sellers Art Prize winners announced

Aspiring young artists showed off their artwork to family and friends at the BAS during the announcement of the Little Sellers Art Prize on Monday 15 August.

The prize was open to artists in school years 1 - 12 and this year’s theme was: ‘Greet the sun. Face the moon.’

Judging was a challenge for Indi Carmichael who is Council’s Creative Arts Coordinator. She said the effort and story behind each entry was incredible.

“We judge across a variety of categories: technical skill, creativity and interpretation of the theme,” she said.

“We had so many fantastic entries that really played with the theme – the winners showed promise in all three categories.”

Ms Carmichael said the younger kids’ artwork “had amazing impact”.

“They don’t have a high level of technical skill, but really immersed themselves in the theme and explored their own creativity,” Ms Carmichael said.

“There was an amazing bunch of winners this year.”

The Little Sellers Art Prize was established in 2016 as a companion exhibition to the Basil Sellers Art Prize.

This year saw the instigation of the Little Sellers Scholarship Program – a $2000 scholarship towards further studies in visual arts.

Ms Carmichael said the scholarship was an important step to support creativity and visual literacy in the Shire.

“We want to make sure the arts is seen as a viable career path for our young people and that they have the tools and resources to realise those aspirations,” she said.

Mayor Mathew Hatcher was proud to see such talent and congratulated the finalist artists.

He thanked patron and philanthropist, Mr Basil Sellers AM, for his generosity and support over the past 20 years.

“Mr Sellers gave a significant contribution to building this exhibition centre where we meet today and has done a great deal to promote arts in our community,” Mr Hatcher said.

“It is important we provide a platform for our aspiring artists to showcase their work and gain valuable exhibition experience. “

Category winners received a $50 voucher to Amanda’s of Mogo and runners-up received $30 vouchers. The overall winner of the Little Sellers Art Prize received $200. The Eurobodalla Shire Council’s additional Children’s and Youth award winners each received $75.

Prize winners

1 – 4 years

Runner up - Lacey Lee

Winner - Holly Blaas

5 – 7 years

Runner up - Abbie Morris

Winner - Amelia Hick

8 – 10 years

Winner - Alison Muller

11 – 12 years

Runner up - Lucy Badman

Winner - Raphaella Herford

Children’s Services Award

Winner - Sunnie Thompson

Youth Award winner

Winner - Eve Willis

2022 Little Sellers Art Prize

Winner - Alison Muller

Little Sellers $2000 Scholarship

Winner - Raphaella Herford

Above: The Little Sellers Art Prize winner Alison Muller.

Above: The 11 – 12yrs category winner Raphaella Herford received the Little Sellers Scholarship to further her studies and support a career path in the arts.

Above: Years 1- 4 finalists with Mayor Mathew Hatcher.

Above: Years 5 – 7 finalists with Mayor Mathew Hatcher.


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