ASG stars in Young Australian Art & Writers' Awards night

by Ramya Manoharan | Dec 08, 2017
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Live music, interactive art, a magician to regale children and adults alike—there was something for everyone attending the Young Australian Art & Writers’ Awards, hosted by the Children’s Charity Network. But, there’s no doubt that it was a night for many of the excited children and smartly dressed students, who showcased their talents and their awards.

There was hardly a face in the room that wasn’t impressed by the way the recipients expressed their feelings and opinions through their paintings, poems, short stories or photographs.

Eleven-year-old Georgia Ryan, who has dyslexia and dysgraphia, won the ASG Literary Award for her poem Thank You, a touching Anzac Day tribute to all the fallen soldiers. She was inspired to pen it after she came to know about the sacrifices made by her great great uncle and great grandfather, who fought in WWI and WWII. Read about why Georgia thinks poetry is perfect for her.

Jana Nguyen (11 years old) received the ASG Literary Award for her short story ‘Grandma’, based on a true story of how a family rallies around their grandmother when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Jana’s 80-year-old grandmother, on whom the story is based, flew down from Sydney to attend the awards and was delighted to see Jana be recognised for her moving story. Read about how Jana keeps her family history and traditions aliveAwards_side

Nine-year-old Claire Ah-Chok received the ASG Art Award for her colourful representation of a Windy Autumn. Her narration of how her portrait started to come together is charming. Read about how Claire got her eye for colours.

Year 11 student Tyler Sillery-Maxwell won the ASG Indigenous Art Award for his self- portrait titled ‘Change’. Tyler, whose mother is of Aboriginal descent, says it illustrates a clear distinction of environments—the country on the right and the city on the left. “The piece focuses on some identities and different personalities I have met in my life, along with their unique beliefs.” Read about how Tyler has managed to convey his dual identities through his art work.

Ten-year-old Janavika Hingorani also won an ASG Art (painting) Award for her Vivid Reindeer. Janavika says she enjoys painting because it provides her with a canvas for her emotions. “I get submerged while I’m creating it,” she says. Read about what inspires Janavika to create.

It was a glittering night and our ASG stars shone bright as they soaked in the praise from parents who were bursting with pride, and authors and artists who support the Children’s Charity Network. The children left inspired to do more.






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