Wowed by the Wonders of Westmead

The 12th Annual Art Competition, WOW, short for Wonders of Westmead held by the Youth Arts Program has seen patients, families and staff at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead showcase their artistic talents.

Despite the challenges faced with COVID-19, the efforts of this year's artists were still able to be celebrated in this year's competition. A total of 188 artworks were entered across 3 age categories; children aged under 12, young people aged 12-18 and adults aged over 18 years.

17-year-old Ashley Tkacz, one of 124 artists who entered the competition, wowed the judges and took out the title of Overall Winner with her amazing artworks titled ‘Krazy Koi’ and ‘Wally waving Octopus’. These artworks were painted onto records, as a unique way of using repurposing old materials.

There was a high level of artistic skill demonstrated as well as much creativity across all entries. In each age category it was truly hard to pick just one winner. Congratulations are also in order for Jazmyn Barnes on her painted and stitched artwork ‘Leave her wild’ as the Adult winner. Sean Song’s ‘Aachoo!,’ a painting/drawing of a Gorilla mid-sneeze, was the youth winner and Isaac Chau’s dreamy ‘The Voyage’, a depiction of a ship taking a journey on the back of a whale in the sky, took out the top prize in the children’s category.

"The exhibited artworks help to lift the spirits of patients and staff at the Hospital, and it is always amazing to see how creative and talented the Hospital community is. It is a delight to see patients, their families and hospital staff stopping each time they walk past the artworks on display, each time focusing in on something new and being amazed at the talent of the entrants.

"There are remarks of ‘I can’t believe a 9 year old could do that,’ and ‘come quick look at this one, it’s amazing,’ and a lot of ‘WOW.’ The artworks have put smiles on faces and help to give patients a moment of joy and a sense of wonder while they are here seeking treatment." said Elise Franke, Arts Co-ordinator in the Adolescent Medicine Unit.

The art exhibition will remain on display in the foyer outside the Department of Adolescent Medicine until July 2021.

Congratulations to all the winners and runners up and thank you to everyone who submitted an artwork. The full list of winners can be found here.

For more information, please contact the Department of Adolescent Medicine Youth Arts Coordinators Elise Franke or Michelle Mathyi.