10 October 2023

For the love of local - Region Media & Wagga Wagga Marketplace launch Primary School Art Competition

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Region Riverina and Wagga Wagga Marketplace have teamed up to host an art competition for primary schools. Photo: File.

UPDATE: This competition has now closed.

Region Riverina and Wagga Wagga Marketplace’s For the Love of Local Primary School Art Competition is now open for entries.

The competition is aimed at showcasing the talent of young artists in our local community.

Region Riverina commercial manager Adam Drummond is excited to co-host the publication’s primary school art competition with Wagga Wagga Marketplace and is looking forward to seeing the unique entries.

“I love the idea of young people being given the opportunity to express their artistic talents,” Mr Drummond said.

“As a young kid growing up in Tumut, I always got involved in art competitions, whether at school or community, and I remember how fun it was to collaboratively work on art projects as a young kid in primary school.”

Mr Drummond said it was important for Region Riverina to have a presence in the community, especially after winning the national Building Communities category of the Telstra Business Awards.

“In a way, part of that is having journalists tell local stories and the other part is supporting our community and business partners to reach a wider audience,” he said.

“This is also about how we can proactively engage with the community, and this [art competition] is one small way to give back to the people in the Riverina community and connect them in a way through the competition.

“It is important for us to foster creativity when it is the young people of our future.”

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Wagga Wagga Marketplace community marketing manager Chloe Sutton said the shopping centre was excited to collaborate with Region on the project and showcase primary schools and their interpretation of the theme – local.

“We are excited to see all the schools from around the region submit their artwork and the variety of entries that will come across,” Ms Sutton said. “We’re also very happy to showcase the artwork in the centre.”

Ms Sutton said it was vital for the centre and the building owner, ISPT, to make a connection with the younger members of the community.

“We are seen as a meeting place and we’d love to connect with our community to encourage them to keep coming back and make this place their own,” she said.

Theme of Artwork

‘For the love of local’

This means appreciating and supporting the things in our own community that make it special. It’s like when we go to our favourite park or visit a small store run by people in our neighbourhood, we are showing love for our community. It’s important to care about the places and people around us because they make our community a happy and wonderful place to live.

Terms and Conditions

  • Must be A1, A2 or A3 in size and in portrait orientation.
  • Must be on paper or cardboard.
  • Must be unmounted and unframed.
  • Any art materials or combination of art materials may be used (e.g. paint, pencil, crayons, pastels, paper collage) but the artwork must be two-dimensional. No sculptures. Print-outs of digitally created drawings (eg. those drawn with a stylus on a tablet) are not eligible for entry.
  • Your submission must be able to be rolled for postage.
  • School location must be within the Riverina
  • Maximum 3 artworks per school
  • Must be original to the student/s
  • Artwork must include a local landmark of your town.
  • Artwork must include the Region Riverina logo.


Each school may submit a maximum of three artworks. Where a school is K-12, only K-6 can submit.

Finalists will be judged by a panel, where one submission will be chosen as the winner, one submission as runner up, one submission as third place and one submission announced as People’s Choice winner.

  • How well the piece relates to the themes
  • Aesthetic and artistic appeal
  • Creativity
  • Originality

The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

People’s Choice will be awarded to the artwork that has received the most votes.

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All entrants will:

  • Have their artwork displayed at the Wagga Wagga Marketplace during Sept/Oct 2023
  • Receive a participation certificate
  • Be invited to attend the winner announcement at the Marketplace in October.

Finalist prizes are as follows and are awarded to the school:

  • First place – $1000
  • Second place – $700
  • Third place – $350
  • People’s Choice Award – $1000.

Please note that the People’s Choice Award can be won by any of the submissions, including the first, second or third-place winners.

The first, second and third-placed entries, and the People’s Choice-winning artwork will feature on the Region Riverina website and a feature article will be written about the school and artist/s.

You also have the chance to win a $250 Wagga Wagga Marketplace gift voucher when you subscribe to Region Riverina’s free daily email.

How to submit artwork

Each school may submit a maximum of three artworks. For schools that are K-12 , maximum of three artwork to be submitted for K-6 only. Artworks can be delivered to the Region Riverina Office at 1/161 Baylis Street, alternatively, Region media will provide each school with postage paid, self addressed postage tube. Ensure your artwork is sent/delivered with the submission form.

Key Dates

17 July 2023: Competition opens

Extended to 1 September 2023: Submissions close

September – 6 October: Artwork on display at Marketplace

10 October 2023: Finalists are notified

October 2023: Winners announced and prizes awarded

October 2023: Feature Article written and published on Region Riverina site

Contact details

For general competition questions, please contact Region Riverina’s Ketura Weston via email.

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