Tan a fan of young artists

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

A KENS­ING­TON Pri­mary School stu­dent has shown plenty of cre­ativ­ity to claim the first prize in the mid­dle pri­mary cat­e­gory in the 2016 Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists.

Eight-year-old Ak­ina Robles took out the award for her ink pen creation Cir­cus Lady at the awards night, which was held at the Su­bi­aco Li­brary on July 25.

Ak­ina was pre­sented with the award by the Perth-born artist and Os­car win­ner dur­ing the evening.

Tan told the young cre­atives that he was al­ways im­pressed by what he saw in the award and this year was no dif­fer­ent.

“There are sheer idio­syn­cra­sies and a quirk­i­ness in this ex­hi­bi­tion that you prob­a­bly won’t see else­where,” he said.

The award was judged by a panel of lo­cal artists, il­lus­tra­tors and ed­u­ca­tors, in­clud­ing James Fo­ley, Pippa McManus, Daniela Dlu­gocz, Wendy Bray, Gary Adamson, Rita Basilio and Robyn Jef­freys.

The fi­nal­ists’ art­work was on dis­play at the li­brary un­til Au­gust 14 and they all took home prizes in­clud­ing art classes, art ma­te­ri­als, sketch books and vouch­ers. The ex­hib­ited art­works were pro­fes­sion­ally framed.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.su­bi­aco.wa.gov.au/shauntan award.

Ak­ina Robles cel­e­brates her win with Shaun Tan.

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