Woods Street Youth Art Prize

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The Woods Street Youth Art Prize showcases the artistic talent and innovation of young people aged 14 to 25 from Melbourne’s western region. In 2020, exhibiting artists responded to the theme ‘A New Power – Finding a Voice’ with a diverse and creative selection of works.

The exhibition is usually held at the Woods Street Arts Space (WSAS) a shopfront-style community arts centre at 44 Woods St, Laverton. The 2020 Woods Street Youth Art Prize was presented in an innovative online exhibition space from 13-28 November 2020. While we couldn’t be there in person in 2020, the online exhibition celebrated the special place Woods Street Arts Space holds in our community, and the creativity and spirit of the young artists who live, work and study in Melbourne’s western region.

Want to view the works? Flip through the exhibition catalogue. 

Woods Street Youth Art Prize Exhibition Catalogue

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2020 Exhibition Programs

The 2020 Woods Street Youth Art Prize was led by the Hobsons Bay Emerging Curators Program, who worked with Creative City Hobsons Bay to produce a series of online exhibition programs. You can view  the 2020 exhibition programs on demand via the Hobsons Bay Creative City YouTube Channel.

Curator Tour
A virtual guided tour of the 2020 Woods Street Youth Art Prize online exhibition, led by Hobsons Bay emerging curators. Gain an insight into artwork themes, the process of curating the exhibition, and how the artworks relate to the 2020 theme ‘A New Power – Finding a Voice’.

Artists in Conversation series
Hobsons Bay emerging curators in conversation with selected artists exhibited in the 2020 Woods Street Youth Art Prize. The discussion focuses artworks in the 2020 exhibition and explores participating artists’ practice and aspirations.

Curators in Conversation talk
Hobsons Bay emerging curators in conversation with Emerging Curator Program mentors and professional artists Phuong Ngo and Nikki Lam. Learn about the 2020 Woods Street Youth Art Prize exhibition, the curatorial ideas behind it, and how the events of the year have influenced and changed artistic practice.

2020 Award Winners

Award winners for the 2020 Woods Street Youth Art Prize were announced in an online awards ceremony on Thursday 26 November. Presented by the Hobsons Bay Young Citizen of the Year, Augustin Kadende, the livestreamed event celebrated the achievements of all shortlisted artists in the 2020 exhibition.

Missed the ceremony? Watch it on demand via the Hobsons Bay Creative City YouTube Channel.

  • Open Category $600 Danger, Danger, Danger, Danger, Danger by Chelsea Hickman
  • Runner-up Open Category $400 Integrity IV by Anni Hagberg
  • Hobsons Bay Artist Award $400 Cool Dogs and 2 Minute Noodles by Krystyna Katsouri
  • People’s Choice Award $400  Park Jimin portrait by Rachael Castelino
  • Artist Encouragement Award (under 20) $200 A New Power - Finding A Voice by Sophia
  • Artist Encouragement Award (over 20) $200 Identity Crisis by Kate Lewis

Hobsons Bay Emerging Curators Program

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The 2020 Woods Street Youth Art Prize and associated events are produced by Hobsons Bay City Council, Creative City
in partnership with the Hobsons Bay Emerging Curators Program.

The Hobsons Bay Emerging Curators Program is a professional development program that sees practicing curators and arts managers mentor and support young aspiring curators.

If you are interested in taking part in the Emerging Curators Program in 2021, email arts@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

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