Celebrating local young artists at Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Published on 30 November 2023

upstart 2023 winners

The regions foremost annual youth art exhibition and awards upstART23 was launched at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery last Saturday 25 November. The exhibition opening was a unique opportunity for the young artists present to see their work displayed in a leading regional gallery whilst mingling with family and friends. Winners were announced and awards presented to students by Deputy Mayor Cr Paul Smith and Gallery Director Brian Langer. 

This year with the generous assistance of the art teachers from ten high schools from across the region the Cowra Regional Art Gallery received over 90 artworks for display. Participating schools are Blayney High School, Boorowa Central School, Canowindra High School, Cowra High School, Forbes High School, Hennessy Catholic College, The Henry Lawson High School, James Sheahan Catholic High School, St Raphael’s Catholic School and Young High School. 

Congratulations to the upstART 2023 Winners:

Winner Year 9/10
55. Skye Saville
Old Aboriginal Woman
Forbes High School
Year 10

Highly Commended Year 9/10
33. Mylee Taylor
watercolours and pen on paper
Boorowa Central School
Year 9

Winner Year 11
74. Lilly-Rose McFeeters
Fred Williams' Mt Nameless
acrylic on canvas
Young High School

Highly Commended Year 11
63. Mischa Boxsell
Caricature of Self
Hennessy Catholic College

Winner Year 12
81. Ruby Coady
Dangling Conversations
slipcast earthenware
St Raphael's Catholic School

Highly Commended Year 12
87. Amber Hulett
Lightshow 1-3 (series)
photographic prints
Cowra High School

Winner Painting Award
65. Jaz Dunlop
Cows under the tree
Cowra High School
AYear 11

Highly Commended Painting
102. Hannah Stone
Connection through the years
acrylic on canvas
Cowra High School
Year 12

Drawing Award
40. Orlagh Fock
My mother's hands
graphite on paper
James Sheahan Catholic High School
Year 10

Highly Commended Drawing
66. Luke Edwardes
pencil on paper
Young High School
Year 11

Photography Award
89. Lilly Lincoln
Memento Mori for a Flapper Dame
digital print
Young High School
Year 12

Highly Commended Photography
104. Rowan Turnbull
Expectations of teens 1-3 (series)
photographic prints
Cowra High School
Year 12

Digital Art Award
88. Clive Langton
Putting Down the Pixel
digital prints
Canowindra High School
Year 12

Mixed Media Award
106. Lillian Williams
O Rejoice Young Man in thy Youth
collage, etching, timber and pokerwork
Hennessy Catholic College
Year 12

Highly Commended Mixed Media
34. Evelyn Taylor
200 years
ink and pencil
James Sheahan Catholic High School
Year 9

Sculpture/Ceramics Award
78. Nicolas Surilla
found objects
Young High School
Year 11

Highly Commended Sculpture/Ceramics
59. Zara Wright
Coral Tides
ceramic, oxide, coloured glaze
Cowra High School
Year 10

UpstART23 exhibition dates are 25 November to 10 December 2023 at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 77 Darling Street Cowra. Gallery hours - Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 10am – 2pm. General admission is free.