Winner of the 2020 AbSec Artwork Competition
Voting is now closed and the votes have been counted.
Wednesday 10 June
Thank you to everyone who voted in our Artwork Competition for Young People.
This year AbSec wanted a young Aboriginal artist to create the signature artwork to commemorate our landmark celebration – 20 years of caring for our Aboriginal children, families and communities!
For the first time in the Competition’s history, we shortlisted three outstanding finalists and asked our supporters, members, staff and followers to decide which artwork best represented the theme of the 2020 Competition, Our continuing journey.
We received 2,076 votes! It is so wonderful to see this level of engagement with the work of young Aboriginal artists up to 25 years of age.
“We were amazed by the entries,” said Tim Ireland, CEO of AbSec. “The level of skill and the interpretation of the Competition’s theme were simply outstanding.”
“We are thrilled that there are so many young Aboriginal people out there who are connected to culture. On behalf of AbSec, I congratulate all the artists who were shortlisted as finalists — Aiesha, Brandon and Rhiannon. I am looking forward to seeing more of their work in the future.”
We are delighted to announce that the entry with the most votes was Future generations by Aiesha Pettit-Young.
Congratulations to Aiesha! She has won an iPad package worth $1,000.
Aisesha’s artwork will feature at our NSW Aboriginal Child and Family Awards later in the year, and on AbSec resources and promotional material.
The other shortlisted finalists were Brandon Williams for his work, Past, present and future, and Rhiannon Chapman for her work, Journey of Life.
Title: Past, present and future connection
Inspiration: The three meeting places represent the elders past, present and emerging. All connected through song lines and through our Dreamtime which is in our land and connected through our spirits. Our knowledge is passed down orally through generations, knowledge of caring for country.
Title: Journey of Life
Inspiration: This story is about the 6 stages of life as a baby, child, teenager, adult, elderly and the Dreamtime, also know as afterlife. As we all go through these stages in life we have our elders constantly communicating with us to give us direction and support, but most importantly LOVE. When you look at this painting you see a journey through life. We have our elders both men and women guiding us the way. No matter what direction or path you go down we always return to the one place, The Dreamtime. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love then we return home.