Young artistic flair on display

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The artistic talents of Hobsons Bay teenagers and young adults are now on display at Woods Street Arts Space in Laverton.

As part of the Woods Street Youth Art Prize, the biannual event showcases work by artists aged 14-25 who live, work, study or have a connection to Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Melton, Moonee Valley, Geelong or Melbourne.

The exhibition will be open at Woods Street Arts Space until Saturday November 19, with the awards ceremony on Friday November 18 at 6 p.m.

Showcasing the work of 43 artists, half of whom are between the ages of 14 and 16 and the other half between the ages of 17 and 25, the exhibition presents works through a range of mediums, including photography, painting, collage and animation.

Prizes will be awarded in five categories:

* Open category ($1000);

* Finalist in the Open category ($500);

* Hobsons Bay Artist ($500);

* Encouragement prize for artists – under 20 ($200); and

* Artist Encouragement Prizes – over 20 ($200).

Hobsons Bay Mayor Tony Briffa said the Woods Street Youth Art Prize aims to showcase the unique artistic skills of Hobsons Bay’s young population.

“This exhibition is a great celebration of the special place that the Woods Street Arts Space holds in our community, and of the creativity and spirit of the young artists who live, work and study in the western region of Melbourne,” said she declared.

“The art prize is a fantastic way for young people to show off their creative talents and build their confidence to exhibit their work.

“It’s also a great opportunity for them to develop their professional and creative networks.”

Voting for the People’s Choice Award closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, and the winner will be announced on Friday, November 25.

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