Are you ready to let your artistic talent emerge?

Entries for the City of Nedlands 2018 Emerge: Youth Art Awards are now open with a $2,000 prize pool up for grabs.

Now in their sixth year, the awards are coordinated by the Nedlands Youth Advisory Council and open to people aged 12 to 25 for two-dimensional art works using print, photography, painting, drawing or other methods.

The Open Award can be entered by anyone across WA while the Resident’s Award is for people living within the City of Nedlands.

A People’s Choice Award is also given at a free exhibition showcasing competition entries.

City of Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins described the Emerge: Youth Art Awards as a true celebration of community diversity through the arts after the 2017 competition received a record 169 entries.

“I was impressed by the enthusiasm shown for Emerge last year, reflected in how many entries we received,” he said.

“It highlights the wonderful amount of creativity out there in the community and the can-do attitude and eagerness of our youth.

“Art can take many shapes and forms and to translate that into something on a canvas or paper or in a photograph takes a certain flair.”

Mayor Hipkins said the Emerge: Youth Art Awards were an opportunity for young people to showcase their work in a major exhibition in the metropolitan area.

“The wonderful thing about the competition is that we have an Open Award, which is a real opportunity for young people in areas right across the State to get involved and express their creativity and artistic flair,” he said.

“There could be all sorts of hidden talents out there across the City of Nedlands or in pockets of regional WA.

“With cash prizes on offer, there’s a real incentive for young people to get out their paintbrushes, cameras and pencils to show what they can do.”

Entries close 29 July – for more details on how to enter, visit www.nedlands.wa.gov.au/emerge-youth-art-awards.

The awards exhibition will be held at John Leckie Pavilion on 18 August.