12 September 2023

Young artists putting Wagga on the canvas: school art competition takes shape

| Jarryd Rowley
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Young local artists have an extra couple of weeks to get their submissions in for the 'For the Love of Local' art competition

Young local artists have an extra couple of weeks to get their submissions in for the ‘For the Love of Local’ art competition. Photo: iStock/mapo.

There is still time to enter artworks into Region Riverina and the Wagga Wagga Marketplace’s ‘For the Love of Local’ Primary School Art Competition as the cutoff date has been extended until 1 September.

The competition looks to showcase the talents of young artists in the Riverina while also bringing to life Wagga’s most recognisable locations, landmarks and artifacts.

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’.

“When entering the competition there are a few requirements,” Ms Sutton said.

“Each artwork has to be a portrait piece that displays a recognisable landmark from the area and must include the Region Riverina logo on there.”

Ms Sutton said the marketplace had received a lot of interest so far which resulted in an extension of the competition to allow for even more people to get their artwork in.

“When we promoted this originally, we’ve had lots of shared interest, a lot of budding individual artists, putting their hand up saying, ‘Yes, include me!'” she said.

“The biggest thing for us and most of our customers who are looking forward to the competition is to make sure we display everyone’s work.”

The competition will be on display in the Wagga Wagga Marketplace between Prouds Jewellers and the Body Shop during the school holidays.

“We here at the marketplace are really excited to have an art installation here in the mall, especially one that showcases our local young artists,” Ms Sutton said.

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The winner of the art competition along with the winner of the people’s choice award will receive $1000 for their school.

Second place will receive $700 while third place will receive $350, also for their schools.

To enter the competition click the link below.

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. Printouts of digitally created drawings (e.g. 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 three 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, see examples below:


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 on:

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

One submission will be chosen as the winner, one submission as runner-up, one submission as third place and one submission announced as the people’s choice winner.

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

The people’s choice award will be awarded to the artwork that has received the most votes.


All entrants will receive:

  • Artwork on display at the Wagga Wagga Marketplace during Sept/Oct 23.
  • A participation certificate
  • An invitation 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 winning artworks will be featured 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.

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How to submit artwork

Each school may submit a maximum of three artworks. For schools that are K-12, a maximum of three artwork are to be submitted for K-6 only. Artworks can be delivered to the Region Riverina office at 1/161 Baylis Street. Alternatively, Region Media can provide your school with a 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 the marketplace

10 October 2023: Finalists are notified

October 2023: Winners announced and prizes awarded

October 2023: Feature article written and published on the Region Riverina site

The competition commenced at 9 am, 17 July 2023 and closes at 5 pm, Friday 1 September 2023.

Contact details

For general competition questions please contact Region Riverina:

Ketura Weston
[email protected]


Adam Drummond
[email protected]

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