The Design Files Kids Art Awards

Mon 29th March, 2021 – Sun 18th April, 2021
Price: $5 entry fee
The inaugural art competition is asking kids aged 16 and below to show judges Ken Done, Beci Orpin and Reko Rennie their version of Australia. Entries are open now.

What does Australia look like to you? That's the question The Design Files and Honan Insurance Group are asking kids all over the country, as part of the inaugural Design Files Kids Art Awards.

It's a celebration of young talent and unique creativity, with 100 per cent of the $5 entry fees being donated to Children's Ground, a charity that supports Indigenous children and communities.

The brief is simple: kids aged 16 and below should capture their vision of Australia on paper: the two-dimensional work can be made in any medium (paint, pencil, Texta, crayon, or collage) as long as it's A4-sized.

The competition is divided into five age groups: up to five years old; six to seven years old; eight to 10; 11 to 13 and 14 to 16.

On the judges panel are iconic Australiana artist Ken Done, whose career spans decades; Melbourne designer and illustrator Beci Orpin, known for colourful, eye-catching work that has adorned everything from billboards and galleries to clothing and food trucks; and celebrated contemporary artist Reko Rennie, who trades in bright, colour-bombed camouflage murals.

Five winners (one from each category) will take home $2000 thanks to Honan, as well as a custom pencil case from Crumb Kids with their artwork on it. Fifteen runners up will also get bespoke pencil cases featuring their art. All entries will be featured in an online exhibition on the competition website.

Entries are open now, and close on Sunday April 18 with the winners announced on Monday May 7.

More information here.