Federation University Australia’s Gippsland Centre for Art and Design will again celebrate the region’s emerging visual artists through the Refresh Art Prize.

Refresh showcases and celebrates the creative work of Gippsland VCE art students and their schools.

This prestigious award, with a total prize pool of $5000, aims to amplify and champion the significant work happening in visuals arts programs across local secondary schools.

Gippsland Centre for Art and Design director Bryce Ives said the renewed energy and focus at the centre opened up new possibilities for the region.

“We passionately believe young people should pursue careers in visual and performing arts,” he said.

“Refresh celebrates the artistic vitality of our region’s VCE students. We hope local teachers and parents strongly encourage students to pursue their creative ability. There has never been a more important time ensure young creative thinkers and artists thrive.”

In addition to the prize money, available selected works will be publicly exhibited at the university’s Switchback Gallery.

All students who take part will have a valuable addition to their resumes and a strengthened portfolio as a result.

Last year, Gippsland Grammar students Ali Taylor took out the first prize of $2000 with a stunning black and white abstract painting.

Creative arts lecturer Clive Hutchison said he was looking forward to seeing some exciting and original entries again this year which reflected the depth and diversity of local young talent.

“The prize money and recognition that comes with this competition can help energise an emerging career,” he said.

And independent panel will judge the award, and announcements of the winner will be made at the university’s open day on August 27.

Entries close on Friday, August 7.

For information about entering, students can speak to their art teacher or visit the Federation University Switchback Gallery website.

You can also find the further information and the entry form here.