Background

Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within our region.

In 2018, the NQPHN Board of Directors achieved its vision of implementing the inaugural NQPHN Indigenous Youth Art Competition, a new initiative to recognise young, talented Indigenous artists across North Queensland.

Each year, NQPHN invites young and upcoming local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists between the ages of 13–21 years to enter a piece of artwork as part of NQPHN’s Indigenous Youth Art Competition.

Winning artworks 2019

In 2019, the Board launched the second annual competition during National Reconciliation Week and announced the winners during NAIDOC Week as part of the organisation’s commitment to support Indigenous youth, and a meaningful pathway towards inclusion of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The competition—based on the theme of ‘mental health’—saw some inspirational artwork submitted by young and upcoming local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists between the ages of 13–21 years.

The top four winners received an Apple iPad Pro 10.5” 64GB Wi-Fi and Apple Pencil, valued at $1,000, a $500 gift voucher for art supplies, a $250 gift voucher for art supplies, and a $100 gift voucher for art supplies, respectively.

Among the many entrants, the well-deserving 2019 winners were:

  • First place: Moniesha Wallace
  • Second place: Tanisha Vincent
  • Third place: Kashana Wallace
  • Fourth place: Ronald Creek

Winning artworks 2018

The 2018 theme was ‘health care and wellbeing in our communities’ and there were two artwork categories: Aboriginal artist and Torres Strait Islander artist.

There were a range of incredible submissions from gifted young artists, resulting in three first place winners. The winners each received an Apple iPad Pro 10.5” 64GB Wi-Fi and Apple Pencil, valued at $1,000 each.

Among the many entrants, the well-deserving 2018 winners were:

Aboriginal artwork:

  • Joint winners: Jasmine Grogan (Mareeba State High School) and Wudarabin Snider (Cooktown State High School)
  • Second place: Danae Hastie (Mareeba State High School)
  • Third place: Jalene Gordon (Innisfail)

Torres Strait Islander artwork:

  • Winner: Shanaye Bevan (Cooktown State High School)
  • Second place: Euwanae Mairu (Herberton)
  • Third place: Jai-Lahni Clumpoint (Townsville)

All winning artworks will be displayed in NQPHN’s offices, showcased in that year’s Annual Report, and used in other potential NQPHN collateral.