Wollumbin Youth Art Award


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About the award

The Wollumbin Youth Art Award (WYAA) is a biennial award for young artists aged 5 to 18 years. Held in conjunction with the Wollumbin Art Award, the WYAA is open to young people living in the Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Scenic Rim Shires as well as Lismore and Gold Coast City and Richmond Valley. Artists can submit visual art works of any subject matter and medium. The Award, named for the mountain which the Gallery overlooks will explore unique and diverse local perspectives. The WYAA celebrates the artistic talent and creativity of young people living in the region.

The Wollumbin Youth Art Award is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.


2024 Key dates

Entries open: Monday 25 March

Entries close: Monday 3 June, 5 pm 

Exhibition dates: Friday 6 September – Sunday 24 November 

Age categories

5–8 years 
9–12 years
13–15 years
16–18 years

2022 Judge and Award Winners

2022 WYAA Judge - Tamsin Ainslie

Tamsin Ainslie is an award-winning, internationally published illustrator.

Tamsin was born and educated in the UK, travelled extensively during her teens and twenties and ultimately settled in Murwillumbah with her family and two horses, three dogs, one duck and lots of chickens. 

Now working from her home based studio, Tamsin spends most of her time illustrating children's books, drawing, painting, and printmaking.

Influenced by her immediate surroundings, Tamsin’s daily drawing practice informs and underpins her illustration and painting work.  

Artist Tamsin Ainsley awarded the Wollumbin Youth Art Awards to: 

Winner 5-8 years Clara PolsonBest friends, rainbows and cane fires 2022, oil pastel and watercolour

Winner 9-12 years Kya LansomMuppet in the garden 2022, watercolour on watercolour paper     

Winner 13-15 years Ava Berry Voce Nanna 2022 coloured pencil on paper

Winner 16-18 yearsElsie BilesThe Bird Bonnet2022, acrylic, watercolour and pencil on paper

Highly Commended

Artist Tamsin awarded Highly Commended to:

 5-8 years Leonardo RubyLeo’s World 2022, acrylic on canvas

9-12 years Sadie EddyThe place of pelicans 2022, watercolour and ink on paper

13-15 years Naomi JeffreyRare Royalty 2022, graphite on paper

16-18 years Emma Dillon-LeeMan’s Best Friend 2021, Prismacolor pencil on paper  

Congratulations to all our WYAA Winners and entrants!