Each year, the Blacktown City Art Prize celebrates the creativity of local young people through an environmentally-themed Young Artists Prize.
In 2018, participants were asked to consider what we can do to say “bye bye” to plastics and save our marine life.
Every young artist came up with their own ideas and solutions to these environmental issues. Read the ideas behind some of the winning artworks below.
“My artwork is about fish and other animals living in their beautiful home and how we don’t want the trash to be in there… rubbish needs to be in a safe place not in the animal’s home” – Shlok Soni, age 6
“My artwork is a message telling people to not throw rubbish into the sea because rubbish makes animals choke. All people need to do is put rubbish in the bin instead of on the ground” – Arya Trisha, age 7
“My artwork has words written on the bottles telling people how important it is to not have rubbish on the beach because more animals will die… To help fix this problem of plastic in the ocean, we should build lots more bins on the streets to make it easier for people” – Disha Gandhi, age 8
“In my artwork I’m looking at the earth and the importance of taking out plastics in order to cleanse these systems” – Mahima Soni, age 12
“My artwork is about how important it is for humans to help all animals escape rubbish in their environments” – Jiya Patel, age 13
“People have different opinions about the planet and if it’s too late to save the oceans or not. I don’t think it’s too late. We need to have more public events where the community can come together to clean the environment or just talk about the important issue” – Maheen Tariq, age 15
Exhibition | 2018 Blacktown City Art Prize
1 December 2018 – 25 January 2019
Jennifer Leahy, Silversalt Photography