Winners art comp

Winners Announcement | The Design Files Kids Art Awards

The winners of The Design Files Kids Art Awards proudly presented by Honan Insurance Group have been announced with 5 talented young artists recognised in the National Online Art program supporting Children’s Ground – an organisation led by First Nations communities to facilitate lasting change over a 25-year period.

Children across the country were invited to create and submit an original artwork in any medium responding to this year’s theme; ‘home’ and entries were judged by iconic Australian artist Ken Done, beloved Melbourne illustrator and artist Beci Orpin, and artist and Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay/Gummaroi man Reko Rennie.

Winners and runners up

Now in its second year, this national art awards program celebrates kids’ unique creativity. The program aims to support Children’s Ground, a non-for-profit charity creating change within First Nations communities.

Young artists aged up to 16 were invited to create an A4-sized, 2-dimensional artwork in any medium, inspired by the theme ‘Home’.

Entrants were invited to paint or draw anything that reminds them of home. Their house, garden – or perhaps their bedroom? A treasured teddy or doll, a triumphant lego creation, a beloved pet, a family portrait – or a favourite home cooked dinner. Anything and everything that feels like home!

And the winners are….

Age group 1-5 years

Runner up: Elke Kirby


Runner up: Golda Brislin


Runner up: Polly Croft


Winner: Ariella Vahdat “This is my mummy and me on our bushwalk with all the butte and rocks.”

Age group 6-7 years

Runner up: Jessie Han

Runner up: Lucas Zhao


Runner up: Matilda Snell


Winner: Ophelia Tomyn “My kitchen table. Sorting my shell collection. Daddy made me pancakes, mummy is working on her art and Minx the neighbourhood car is visiting.”

Age group 8-10 years

Runner up: Isabel Walton


Runner up: Gabrielle Guo


Runner up: Evie Toll


Winner: Jack Henry Barnes “My dog Missy always lies behind my mum whilst she’s cooking, hoping for food. This is where my family comes together for meals and chats.”


Age group 11-13 years

Runner up: Amina Chelka


Runner up: Anujan KC


Runner up: Meg Barrett


Winner: Isla Walsh “Family equals home”

Age group 14-16 years

Runner up: Amelie Langston


Runner up: Annika Lucas


Runner up: Sidney Barnes


Winner: Isabella Doherty “‘The dining table where my family share stories over dinner, celebrate birthdays and join to have afternoon tea, is where I feel at home.”

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