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Brisbane students take top prizes in Art Awards

Independent Education Union - Queensland and Northern Territory (IEU-QNT) 2 mins read

Students from schools across Brisbane were honoured at last night’s Independent Education Union – Queensland and Northern Territory (IEU-QNT) Excellence in Art and Design Awards.  

Over 600 entries including sculpture, painting, embroidery and photography were submitted into the 2023 Awards, in response to the theme of ‘Colours of Life’.

The annual Art Awards were established in 1994 to promote and encourage artistic students and celebrate their flair for creativity.

At last night’s presentation, held at the Kangaroo Point Multicultural Centre, Awardees’ artworks were displayed in an exhibition and recipients were presented with certificates and a cash prize.

IEU-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the Art Awards were a great opportunity for students to showcase their talent and refine their skills.

 “The judges commented on the high standard of entries and the varied and creative interpretations that entrants brought to this year’s theme,” Mr Burke said.

“Our union established the Awards to promote and encourage artistic students and celebrate their flair for creativity.

“Art is a very important area of learning in schools, and IEU-QNT is proud to support the artistic talent of students and staff in the Queensland non-government sector,” he said.

Read the list of Brisbane-based winners below. Photographs of individual winners and specific judges’ comments on winning works are available on request.




Title of work

Taylor Reeves

St Thomas More College, Sunnybank


In Essence

Kate Magendanz

Mt St Michaels College, Ashgrove

Years 9-10

Haunting Shades

Scarlett Brosteanu

Loreto College, Coorparoo

Years 7-8

Reduce Speed

Eileen Kang

St Peter's Primary School, Rochedale

Years 5-6


Maelee Cox

St Peter's Primary School, Rochedale


Years 3-4


Hans Bastian Holz

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Corinda

Prep – Year 2

Whale Walking

Sophia Beeching

St Paul’s School, Bald Hills

Harriet Hunter Memorial Award

Rainbow Splotch Monster



About us:

The Independent Education Union – Queensland and Northern Territory (IEU-QNT) represents more than 17,000 teachers, school support staff, principals and early childhood education employees across Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Contact details:

Contact: Katie Fotheringham, IEU-QNT Communications Officer: 0409 628 675/

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