Waverley Youth Art Prize winners announced

4 June 2021

Waverley Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 36th Waverley Youth Art Prize, which this year explored the theme We are family- ancestors, bloodlines and belonging.

We would like to congratulate the following winners, who reflected on connectivity and community in their artworks:

Senior First Place

Claudia Shagrin

Here with me

Senior Second Place

Tim Senior-Skinner

Family Secrets

Senior Third Place

logan McAuliffe

A Hidden Message

Senior Highly Commended

Chloe Colman

Nan's House


Intermediate First Place

Joao Coelho - Cornelius

The Family Tree

Intermediate Second Place

Isabella McIntosh

Love & Inspiration

Intermediate Third Place

Aliya Yang

From the Sun

Intermediate Highly Commended

Olivia Du

Self portrait


Junior First Place

Zac Lusthaus

Families at the airport

Junior Second Place

Nikita Mocsari

My Great Grandfather Claudius

Junior Third Place

Oliver Isaac

The Duck Family

Junior Highly Commended

Tiffany X

My Brother


Best Interpretation of the Theme

Molly North

So Much More

Best Video

Coco and Jet Batu-Sampson

We have so much to learn from our FAMILY

Best Sculpture

Ariel Berger

A Family Lunch


Mayors Prize

Talia Lapedus


Mayors Prize

Pearl Collins

The Warmth and Character of the Collins Clan

Mayor of Waverley, Paula Masselos, said the Waverley Youth Art Prize was one of the most important youth events on the Waverley cultural calendar.

“After the year that was 2020, I couldn't think of a better theme for this year’s prize and the artworks we received and are on exhibition at Waverley Library until 27 July are an incredible survey of what family means to our young artists,” Mayor Masselos said.

“For many of our artists, the Youth Art Prize is their first public exhibition, and may form part of a future professional career.

The 2021 Waverley Youth Art Prize was judged by artists Julia Gutman and Laura Jade who are both current artists in the Waverley Artist Studios. Mayor Masselos judged the Mayor’s Prize.

This year’s winners receive a range of art packs full of creative materials to help with their future masterpieces, while the Senior Category winner receives a weeks’ attendance at Sydney’s National Art School.

(Above): Senior first place: Here with me, Claudia Shagrin.

(Above): Intermediate first place: The Family Tree, Joao Coelho - Cornelius.

(Above): Junior first place: Families at the airport, Zac Lusthaus.

(Above): Mayor's Prize: Timeless, Talia Lapedus.

(Above): Mayor's Prize: The Warmth and Character of the Collins Clan, Pearl Collins.

(Above) Best Interpretation of the Theme: So Much More, Molly North.


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