Young artists from 49 regional schools have entered the annual University of New England Schools Acquisitive Art Prize (UNESAP) this year.
The competition is now in its twelfth year, and showcases the creative work of young regional artists in NSW.
The judges have now finalised the difficult process of selecting 60 works to go on display in the “Let’s Hang It!” exhibition, at NERAM.
One of the judges, Dr Margaret Brooks from UNE’s School of Education, said the works are judged on criteria such as artistic merit, age-appropriate skills, mark-making abilities (e.g. quality of brushstrokes) and authenticity.
“The initial thing the judges notice is the emotional factor. You look at this first and then unpack it and assess the technique,” Dr Brooks said.
“The competition is very popular with students of all ages who invest a lot of time and effort in their creations.”
Fifteen works are selected from each of four categories; Infants (Kindergarten–Year 2), Primary (Years 3–6), Junior Secondary (years 7–9) and Senior Secondary (Years 10–12).
The winning artworks in each category will become part of UNE’s permanent art collection and the exhibition will run at NERAM.
The exhibition opening and prize-giving ceremony will take place at 6pm on Friday 29 July.