An aspiring young Ipswich artist has taken out the Queensland Youth Week 2020 artwork competition.
Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden said Hanna Jones, 16, from North Ipswich won the competition with her artwork named ‘Salad’ which represents the passion and diverse creativity of young Australians.
“We have so many talented young people in Ipswich, I’m tickled pink that this year’s winner is from our community,” he said.
“I congratulate Hanna heartily and I am sure she has a great future in art ahead of her.”
Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer said judges were looking for artwork which sums up this year’s theme ‘Yeah the youth!’
“Hanna’s artwork is a riotous splash of colour and movement, with hidden details and messages for young people throughout,” she said.
“I especially loved that she also included seedlings in the artwork, because this year’s Youth Week we’ll be giving out bookmarks with seeds for young people to plant.”
Hanna said her artwork included some of the goals and influential aspects of young people’s lives, including music culture and a collective drive to protect the environment.
“I enjoy experiencing and belonging in the creative community and seeing people the same age as me making a positive impact,” she said.
Ms Farmer said Hanna’s artwork would be used to promote Queensland Youth Week on the department’s website, through social media and on downloadable collateral to support the week.
“Hanna will also receive a $500 gift card, a graphic design tablet and a mobile phone gimbal,” she said.
“My congratulations also go to our two runners up – Murphy McDonald-Smith, 16, from Flagstone Creek and Doris Lau, 20, from Sunnybank Hills.
“We had a fantastic response to this competition and I thank all who entered.
“A gallery showcasing entries will be online soon to share some of the wonderful entries.”
Ms Farmer said Queensland Youth Week will run from 1-9 April 2020 and will see 25 projects delivered across the state, each receiving a share in $50,000 worth of grants, marking the week and celebrating the enormous contribution of youth to our state.
“We have some truly amazing young people in our state and Queensland Youth Week is an opportunity for us to acknowledge them and their incredible contributions to communities right around the state,” she said.
Ms Farmer said the State Government was working hard to make sure young people had the tools they needed to contribute to decisions that affected their lives.