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The Youth Action NSW Young Artist Open Call Has Now Closed. Thank You To Everyone Who Submitted.

 

In 2020 Youth Action began an annual commission for a NSW young artist to design an artwork to a theme that best represents the previous twelve months and work of the organisation for our annual report. We are proud to highlight and support young emerging artists across NSW. 
The theme this year is youth voice, with a focus on why it's so important for young people's voices to be included in conversations that directly impact them and their communities. 
In light of youth week we launched an open call for NSW young artists between the ages of 12 - 24 to submit an artwork according to the annual report brief. One artist from the submitted entries will be selected for a paid commission to contribute to this year’s design.
Youth Action refers to the national peak body for the Arts, NAVA when considering artist’s payments. Commissions fees will be determined based on level of experience and quality of the work in negotiation with the artist. If you are a young artist under the age of 18, your parent or guardian will need to sign the commission agreement.
Artists had a month to submit to the open call. Submissions closed Friday May 21, 2021.
Artists not selected for this year's open call will be added to our database with the potential to be commissioned throughout the year. Submitted artwork will not be used in anyway unless in an agreed contract between Youth Action and artist. 

 

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First steps:

1. Double check you are eligible to enter. Are you between the age of 12-24? Are you a young person living in NSW? 
2. Have a look at our 2019 - 20 Youth Action Annual Report. You can find more details about our 2020 artist and download the report below, or else have a look here. In 2020 we commissioned young Indigenous artist, Jessie Waratah Simon - Fitzpatrick to create the artwork for our annual report. Last year's theme reflected the challenges that NSW faced and the strength and innovation that can be born from difficult times.
3. Design an artwork or a selection of artworks responding to the theme around youth voice, with a focus on why it's so important for young people's voices to be included in conversations that directly impact them and their communities. Youth Action's branding colours to use are black, white and our brand colour purple (HEX #732D77). You can use different transparency shades of this purple. Take a look at our socials to see how we have been using our branding. Think about how you could create a unique artwork that would complement this. 
4. What about the medium? The format of the report is A4. We will use your artwork for the front cover but we will also take elements of the artwork to use throughout the annual report and on our website and socials throughout the coming year. We are looking for hand drawn and painted works that can be delivered to us in a digital file, and are open to digitally drawn and designed artworks. If you are a photographer and have a series of images of young people that speaks to the theme, we will also consider your submission. You must have written consent for anyone you photograph. 
5. Send us your biography max 200 words and your artist’s cv (if you have one). We will credit you inside the cover (and also on our social channels and website) and include your biography and headshot. You will also need to submit a max 500 word artist’s statement that tells the story of how you used the theme in your artwork.
6. Send us your artwork by the deadline by Friday May 21, 11:59AEST. You can upload your work to us and send it to us by WeTransfer to [email protected] or contact us for more information.
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  3. Instructions for submitting: 

    Upload your artwork/s into a folder (Image file size should be max 2000 pixels on the longest side, JPG sRGB). Include your biography 200 words max (include your name, email address and phone number), your artist's CV (if you have one) and a 500 word max artist's statement that tells the story of how you used the theme in your artwork). 
     For any questions about the brief contact Youth Action’s Storytelling & Communications Manager Anna D’Addario, [email protected]
  4. Those of you that aren’t successful this time will be added to our database of artist’s for future commissions. Artwork that is submitted will not be used in anyway unless in an agreed contract between Youth Action and artist. 
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    We look forward to reviewing your submission!

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    2019-2020 Annual Report: 

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SEED DREAMING For thousands of years Aboriginal people have used fire farming to care for Country, by burning off the old to create space for the new. I first conceptualised this piece whilst Australia was experiencing one of its worst wildfire seasons. My work explores how the damage can also lead to new beginnings. The almond shaped seeds spring to life after the land has been scorched, bringing rejuvenation and transformative change across the landscape.

 

Jessie Waratah Simon - Fitzpatrick 
My painting style is strongly influenced by my Warlpiri family, bold colour and vivid movement. I was born and raised in Sydney’s Inner West and identify as an original Australian. My family was claimed by the respected Warlpiri Elder, R. Granites Japanangka, who sadly passed away in 2018. ‘At the age of three!’ my father says, he, my aunties and grandmothers began passing down their knowledge and techniques of art making according to my skin Napurrula, and shared with me their own depictions of the Tjukurrpa (Dreaming). Someday I hope to know my original family’s story from North West NSW, as well as my Chinese, Pakistani, Danish, Irish, Welsh, English and convict ancestors. Warlpiri law women sang for me to be conceived and knew where I fit into their family before I was born, knowing this draws me strength. My mother dreamed of me and my father and grandfather called me from the stars. I have strived to learn from and honour all who have taught and continue to teach me and to give back whenever I can to my community.