WINNER YOUTH SCULPTURE "Slumber" by Tully McGrouther
I made this sculpture as a representation of how all consuming the thoughts within my head can be. Often it feels that the only time the thoughts subside is in sleep so I take a great comfort in sleep.
HIGHLY COMMENDED "Ghosted" by Heidi Willingham
A letter isn’t just words on a page, it’s an opening into ones’ heart…but what if no one is there to read them?
"Girafe" by Tani Hoffman
A clay anthropomorphic giraffe head.
"Dysmorphia" by Aife Haigh
This sculpture displays the effects of body ideals and dysmorphia on young people. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is far too common in young people, about 1 in 5 young people have experienced it globally. The sculpture ‘Dysmorphia’ captures how your view of yourself can become so alienated that even your beautiful features feel ‘baboon’ like. The Baboons hollowed out head shows how Dysmorphia not only changes your perception of yourself, but also changes you mentally. Dysmorphia can be tiring, it can hollow you out. The Baboon conveys the message of beauty ideals through its features, the large lips, high cheek bones and button-nose (all idealized features in young women) and how unrealistic beauty ideals are and have effects of setting unrealistic beauty standards can have.
"Me as a Rat" by $man
I’ve been working on this rat every time I have visual arts it is out of the criteria because we were meant to be making a human figure. It started with just playing with wire and it took on the shape of a rat then I just worked with that frame with plaster and paint. The reactions to it are either about me and how I’m creative or how this rat is cute or terrifying and looks like it’d rip your head off. It’s how rats are treated and it makes me feel like the rat bcs I take their comments personally. I become the rat because I made it.
"Barrier Reef 2023" by Liam, Jess, Matthew, Jamie, Laura, Emily, Cain, Cohen, Jade, Nora and Nikki
The students at the Glenbrook Centre, who have created this work, were studying a Visual Art Unit on the Environment and Sustainability. We feel that it is an important issue for young people and highlights the connection of the environment with mental health. This artwork can help the viewer connect in a sensory way to the wonder of the reef.