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Home > News > 2020 > April > Entries still open for annual Art Awards and Literary Competition

Entries still open for annual Art Awards and Literary Competition

Looking_for_a_self-directed_English_task_.pngOur union is currently accepting submissions for the upcoming 2020 Excellence in Art Design Awards and 2020 Literary Competition.

Both competitions are ideal opportunities for students and staff to demonstrate their creative flare and participate in a prestigious community event.

IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said our union welcomes entries to both competitions and encourages students, teachers and school officers with an interest in fine art, photography or writing to enter.

“Given the current situation we are facing as a community, taking time to create visual or literary work is important as it can provide a sense of accomplishment and provide a place of respite,” Mr Burke said.

Perfect Places

Open to students of all ages and teachers in non-government schools across Queensland and the Northern Territory, the theme for this year’s Art Awards is ‘Perfect Places.’

Entrants are encouraged to reflect on what the 2020 theme means to them and submit paintings, drawings, sketches, collages, sculptures and photography which reflect their interpretation of ‘Perfect Places.’

As a starting point, our union has listed some inspirational prompts for artist entrants when considering what their perfect place is, including the beach, school, outback, a farm, the library, or somewhere they have previously travelled. 

Entries to the 2020 Excellence in Art Design Awards close on Friday, 24 July 2020. 

Due to social-distancing restrictions in place for COVID-19, competition submissions are preferred to be sent by post as a group submission from each school, rather than individually.

Alternatively, artwork entries can be delivered to the IEUA-QNT Brisbane Office at 346 Turbot St, Fortitude Valley, by close of business on 24 July.

Guest artist Mark Gawne

This year, Mark Gawne will be attending the Excellence in Art Design Awards ceremony on Wednesday, 9 September 2020 in Brisbane as a special guest presenter. 

A lifelong artist, Mark pursued a career as a designer after becoming qualified in graphic design and illustration.

Early in his career, Mark initially worked as a commercial illustrator which involved cartooning, architectural rendering, product illustration, computer illustration and reflective art for print media.

He enjoyed painting landscapes in his spare time and regularly visited outback Australia for inspiration, before winning second prize for an impressionistic landscape oil painting he entered in a regional art competition.

Mark’s work has evolved to a ‘semi-abstract’ style and his art has been exhibited across Australia.

In 2003 he began studying Post War Abstract Expressionists, later graduating with a Master of Fine Art and now continues to sell his ‘semi-abstract’ style oil paintings.

IEUA-QNT Literary Competition

The IEUA-QNT Literary Competition remains the longest continuing competition of its kind for school students in Queensland – now in its 61st year.

Open for entry to both government and non-government school students and teachers in Queensland and the Northern Territory, the Literary Competition encourages entrants to express themselves and develop their writing skills.

There is no specific theme for the Literary Competition, so students in Year 5 or higher and staff are free to enter poetry, short stories or non-fiction prose on any topic.

With generous cash prizes up for grabs in every category, it is a great opportunity for students to demonstrate their writing prowess and win some pocket money.

Entries close on Friday, 19 June 2020, with winners to be announced at a special awards ceremony evening in Brisbane on 26 August.

Participants can submit their entries electronically by completing and emailing the entry form along with their written piece to events@qieu.asn.au or mbrittain@qieu.asn.au 

Special guest author Kathy Hoopmann

Special guest Kathy Hoopmann will be attending the Literary Competition awards ceremony on Wednesday, 26 August 2020 to present winners with their prizes.

Kathy is a well-known and highly accomplished author of multiple books including best-sellers ‘All Cats have Asperger Syndrome,’ ‘All Dogs have ADHD’ and ‘All Birds Have Anxiety,’ which have been translated into fourteen languages.

She lived in the United Arab Emirates for thirteen years and in that time, wrote and co-authored many children’s picture books and novels including Elemental Island.

Kathy is celebrated in the education community for her writing, which demonstrates an interest in, passion for and understanding of people with autism, with many of her books featuring characters who are on the autism spectrum.

Further information

For more information on the upcoming 2020 Excellence in Art Design Awards and 2020 Literary Competition, visit our events page which outlines terms and conditions of entry, competition categories, posters, entry forms and highlights from previous years.


Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.