Remote Community Art Competition Highlights Young Talent

Arts and culture

During the COVID-19 lockdown in Western Australia, the Roy Hill Community Foundation organised an art competition to engage students in remote communities. The competition had an overwhelming response, with more than 100 entries.

The students from St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School, Marble Bar Primary School, Yandeyarra, Nullagine, Warralong and Strelley Remote Community Schools entered their most creative pieces in the competition. These included paintings, sculptures, dioramas, and even an original song. It was a challenging feat to select only a few winners from all the impressive entries.

The two young winning artists, Willy Kickett and Tinarra Thomas, were proud to hear their paintings had been selected. The designs were so striking that the Foundation requested permission to use the art for this year’s NAIDOC shirt. The School Principal Jo Webb even suggested the shirts would be the perfect school uniform.

During NAIDOC week, Deb Shaw from Roy Hill visited Willy and Tinarra’s school assembly to present the artists with a framed copy of their artwork and showed them their designs on the NAIDOC shirts. She saw first-hand how much the artwork meant to the talented young artists and the whole school community.

While telling the story of the paintings, Willy and Tinarra’s smiles and enthusiasm showed how proud they were of their heritage and traditions. The pair looked forward to sharing their achievements with aunties, grannies and family who are also respected artists within their community.

If you would like to purchase one of these special NAIDOC Polo shirt click below. The proceeds support the Pilbara community through the Foundation’s projects.