The Sunshine Coast Arts Council supports the young artists in our community through three different annual programs. The Young People’s Own Show exhibits work created in our local schools. The Banner Awards Program engages elementary students in designing street banners for Sechelt. The Young Artists Awards is open to youth who create art independently. We are proud to continue the annual Young Artists Awards which was initiated in 1988. Over the years we have seen our participants in these exhibitions go on to higher education and careers in the arts.

The Young Artists Awards are judged by a panel of working artists who feel passionate about encouraging creativity in young people. Gift cards for art supplies are provided for selected works in the four age categories. Awards are based on: presentation, originality, use of design elements, craftsmanship and communication.


  • Between 5 to 18 – 4 age categories:
    • 5 to 8 years
    • 9 to 12 years
    • 13 to 15 years
    • 16 to 18 years
  • Submit up to 3 original works of art which must be:
    • eligible work includes any of the visual arts created in 2016
    • created outside of school
    • ready to display/hang (please do not use clip frames)
    • framed or matted if two dimensional

Submission Requirements:

  • Label each piece of artwork on the back with:
    • Name
    • Age
    • Title of piece
    • Telephone number and/or email address
    • Contact person
  • Attach the entry form to one of the pieces

Young Artists Awards Exhibit: November 29-December 16, 2017

Awards Ceremony & Reception: December 16, 2017, 2:30 pm – Sunshine Coast Arts Centre

  • All participants and their families and friends are invited
  • Participants are asked to bring a sweet or savoury treat to share

Picking up Artwork:

  • Following the reception on December 16 until 4pm
  • In the new year when the gallery re-opens


To the young artists honoured with special recognition!

2016 Young Artists Awards

Ages 5 – 8

Lilo Parker Mjanes for her drawings
Miyo Shinagawa for all three works
Jordyn McNea for all three works
Erick Benko for all three works
Amelia Brock for ‘Butterfly’
Taho Shinagawa for “Wind Fairy” and “Fairy World”
Oliver Benko for “Captain Oliver” and “Japanese Ninja”
Charlotte Lowe for “The Monster and the Icicles”

Ages 9 – 12

Sol Battaglio for all three works
Isaac D Izen for “Rabbit” and “Walking in the Rain”
Nina De Leo for “Fox” and “Women”
Megan Kraus for “Constant Companion” and “Trying for Peace”
Martin Krutsky for “Jumping Orca Whale”
Ruby Foss for “Bird and River”
Kristoff Krutsky for “Seagull Relaxing on a Rock”

Ages 13-17

Bela Ord for all three works
Eric Krustky for “Bald Eagle Photograph” and “The Escape”
Anais Bayle for “The Gentleman” and “The Waiter”
Emily Picard for “Lion Fish Mermaid” and “Al-Mi’raj”
Peyton Lavery for “Christmas Skull”

2015 Young Artists Awards

For Specific Artworks:

Selma Starr Atoui
Oliver Benko
Liam Nestman
Daphne Kubicek

For All Three Artworks:

Jordyn Mcnea
Hunter Lewis
Ruby Foss
Isabel Diebel
Jonah Byron
Taho Shinagawa
Martin Krutsky
Isaac D Izen
Erik Krutsky
Sofia Kardos-Machado