Awards

Student artworks from across Australasia

Congratulations

An impressive amount of creative talent was on display at EXPRESSION 2021.
Well done to everyone who entered. 

“We’re very appreciative to the artists who put in the time to generate the works that we get to sit in awe of. Artists, by their very nature, tend to have to have a different view of the world and are able to create something that is eye catching and can make a viewer inquisitive.

In the 161 pieces of art that we’ve received this year, you probably could not have considered the wider range of things that we received, covering a whole gamut of the different types of art. It’s just quite remarkable. I thank the students participating in the art presentation for what they’ve provided to us this year.”

Indie CEO Rodney Wangman OAM

Expression

Following the success of ADAPT 2020, our online art show returned for a second year.  

The turnout for EXPRESSION 2021 was bigger than 2020 and featured more artworks from over 20 schools and colleges around Australia. We even received artwork from New Zealand! 

Students from these schools and colleges sent artwork to EXPRESSION.

Entries

Over 160 entries were submitted to Expression 2021, including graphite and pencil drawings, textiles, photography, painting, woodwork, videography, cake decoration and paper craft.

Well done to everyone who contributed and big thank you to the teachers and coaches  who provided support and encouragement.  

We gratefully acknowledge the time and effort that goes into creating art. Teachers and coaches have shared stories of students who refined their techniques, or learned entirely new skills while developing their artworks. 

Last year, we had 60 entries. And this year, we've hit 161 entries. So it's been huge. So thank you to everyone who has participated, and all the teachers and coaches that have given all their support to the students to participate this year.

Kiarra Jezek

Awards Ceremony

Zoom Awards

Over four weeks, students, coaches and teachers voted for their favourite artworks. On October 21, Rodney Wangman and Kiarra Jezek hosted an online awards ceremony. People from around the nation joined the Zoom meeting to see the award winners announced.

All artists were awarded a certificate of participation and a $20 gift card. 

Prizes were awarded for the following categories:

  • First place
  • Second Place
  • Third Place
  • Expression 2021 Creative Award
  • Expression 2021 CEO’s Choice

First Place

Indie School Wagga Wagga

Prize

1 x $150 Gift Card
1 x Art Pack
1 x Colour Mixing Guide

Rodney: “First place is “Together We Make Family” by Tara Foley, a representation of family. So Tara hails from Wagga Wagga as well. An amazing piece Tara, which clearly everyone who contributed to the voting, decided that your piece was the one that was to take first place. Again, what I’m fascinated with here in terms of the various facial expressions on the animal before me, ranged from totally lost to just, you know, chilling out, to inquisitive. Congratulations.”

Kiarra: “Congratulations, Tara. It is a really amazing piece. When I looked at it myself, I really what stood out to me was all the different colours, especially with the spots. There has been a lot of detail put into that. I just want to say a huge congratulations. Very well deserved.”

Second Place

Indie School Burnie

“India was inspired by the movie, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’. She used black ballpoint pen to complete this piece.”

Prize

1 x $100 Gift Card
1 x Art Pack
1 x Colour Mixing Guide

Rodney: “My congratulations to you India well done on your art piece. There’s quite a deal of work in that. It’s very difficult – I’m no good as an artist, to be quite frank – but it’s very difficult to make such art appear as though it’s three dimensional. It has depth to it, it clearly draws the attention of the viewer to look at the piece. The detail is very remarkable. And I hope you have a much stronger and longer career in art and I can clearly see you must enjoy what you’re doing and you’re very well practiced at it. So my Congratulations as well for you, India for your piece. Thank you.”

Third Place

Prize

1 x $50 Gift Card
1 x Art Pack
1 x Colour Mixing Guide

Rodney: “My congratulations to Annabel. That’s a wonderful piece of work that you’ve done there and the eye very much catches your attention and it’s one of those situations where it doesn’t matter where you stand in front of that art piece, it appears as though it follows you all the way around the room.”

Creative Award

Indie College Ballarat

Prize

1 x $50 Gift Card
1 x Art Pack
1 x Colour Mixing Guide

Rodney: “Congratulations, Lu, thank you for your contribution and certainly I can understand why people would be supporting and voting for your art piece. Thank you and congratulations.”

CEO's Choice

Prize

1 x $50 Gift Card
1 x Art Pack
1 x Colour Mixing Guide

Rodney: “There should be no surprises that anything that’s got a sort of a landscape view might have appealed to me and certainly being out in rural and regional Australia, this piece by Christie P was of very considerable interest to me. As it says there, a painting of Drover and his horse having a fresh drink of water. Christie hails from Mildura, which at various times of the year would be very dry and dusty, but at other times, quite a beautiful place when it has quite a bit of rain. So congratulations.”

Honourable Mentions

Kiarra: “We’ve got a few honourable mentions. These pieces came very close to placing in the voting.

Rodney: “Congratulations to those artists. Again, for everyone who’s watching at the moment, you would have to agree I think these sorts of pieces are quite remarkable again, so congratulations to these students. Very much appreciative of the work and the effort that’s been put into those pieces.”

Indie School Wagga Wagga 

Indie College Ballarat

Te Kura O Matauranga Vision College AE Waikato (Hamilton), Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Indie School Wagga Wagga 

Indie College Melbourne East

Thank you

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Expression online art show.  In what has been another strange year of distant and remote learning, creating and making artworks brought us all together again to share our art.  

We look forward to hosting the art show again in 2022. 

See you next year!