Second grader Pulasi, wins one of Australia’s largest student art competition

Meet Brentwood Park (Vic) Primary student Pulasi Manangoda: Winner of one of the biggest art competitions in Australia.

Pulasi7-year-old Pulasi, second grader at Brentwood Park Primary School, has won first place in Camp Australia’s BIG Art & Expression Competition (BAEC), one of the largest student art competitions in Australia.

Pulasi Manangoda said her artwork represents her because: “I am Pulasi, a beautiful little girl who loves my family, nature, studies and traveling around the world.”

“All art calms me down and helps to get out of stress.”

“Art is important to me because the world wouldn’t look as nice without colours and art!”

“I was inspired to do this piece of art because of all the patterns and colours. They are everywhere around us.”

At a Glance:

• The competition ran from November 9 – 18
• 2,216 children entered their incredible artworks into the competition
• Pulasi’s entry (below) was a standout. It represented her love of nature, her studies, and traveling the world
• The Brentwood Park Primary School also received $3,000 for a School Art Grant following Pulasi’s win.

The BAEC was run by Camp Australia, the country’s largest provider of outside school hours care (OSHC) in Australia.

• The competition required children to use a downloadable template to create an artwork piece that best represents them
• The competition was designed to encourage children to express themselves through art and to let their creativity shine
• It gave children an outlet to let their imaginations run wild, particularly given the challenging time this year has presented
• 21,524 supportive family members voted across all entries, with
over 85,000 views from across Australia.