Inaugural kids’ art awards’ with cash prizes for the 5 winners.

The Design Files announce the inaugural The Design Files Kids Art Awards proudly presented by Honan, an online art exhibition and awards program, celebrating kids’ unique creativity. The program aims to support Children’s Ground, a non-for-profit charity creating change within First Nations communities.

Kids art awards

The Design Files, Kids Art Awards will award prizes to 5 talented young Aussie artists.  In partnership with Australian insurance broker Honan, young artists are invited to create an A4-sized, 2-dimensional artwork in any medium, inspired by the theme ‘Australia’.

From holidays at the beach, to a koala snoozing in a gum tree, Sydney’s iconic Opera House, Uluru in the central desert, a game of backyard cricket, footy at the MCG, or perhaps just a plate of Vegemite on toast for breakfast, Aussie kids are invited to show us their Australia. 

Kids art awards

The award program is open to all Australian kids, up to 16 years of age, and an expert panel of Australian artists including Iconic Australian artist Ken Done, Award winning Melbourne based illustrator an artist Beci Orpin and Artist and Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay/Gummaroi man Reko Rennie, who explores his aboriginal identity through contemporary media, will be tasked with selecting the 5 winners. Each winner will receive a $2000 cash prize.

“After a hugely challenging year, we’re created The Design Files Kids Art Awards Program, in partnership with Honan, as a joyful, inclusive national awards program that we hope will be an inspiring creative outlet for families and kids across Australia. It’s super easy to get involved, and the prizes are huge! We also feel very lucky to have an opportunity to use this program to raise funds and awareness for Children’s Ground, an indigenous-led children’s charity we have long admired.” – The Design Files Founder & Editor, Lucy Feagins

100% of entry fees ($5 per entry) will go to Children’s Ground, a non-for-profit charity creating change with First Nations communities, where children experience disadvantage at disproportionate levels. As a community-led organisation, Children’s Ground is building on the strength and culture of people and creating genuine, long-term opportunity. Their vision is to work with a community for 25 years, replacing a history of short-term, ‘quick-fix’ approaches with a model which allows people to design their own future.

Kids art awards

Images: Amelia Stanwix


Key Dates: Entries Opened Monday March 29th and close Sunday April 18th 2021

Winners Announced Friday May 7th 2021