The Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards

The Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards were established in 1981 by the Lane Cove community with the intention to promote, support and encourage our young and talented emerging artists throughout Australia. The Awards encourage young artists to learn and excel in their art practice by providing funds to assist them start their journey. The Awards are held every two years and the main award is an Aquisitive Prize of $5,000, which becomes part of the Lane Cove Council Collection and a solo exhibition the following year in Gallery Lane Cove. The Awards were named in honour of Dr. Lloyd Rees one of Australias' most treasured artists of the 20th century. Dr. Rees was a very active and generous local of the Lane Cove Municipality and many of his most wonderful drawings, paintings and etchings come from the surrounding landscape.


Centrehouse Arts Centre manages the awards and is now able to host the exhibition in the modern facilities of Gallery Lane Cove. The Lane Cove Council are the major sponsor of the Awards, with the further support of the Lane Cove Art Society, providing a highly Commended Prize of $1,500, while Centrehouse Art Centre, provides a further $1,000 for the Commended prize.


The Awards are open to artists and residents of Australia, 18 - 30 years, with works in drawing, painting, and printmaking. The next Awards will be held in 2019 


Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards



The opening and exhibition of the 2017 awards were judged by artists, Dr. Guy Warren AM and Ann Cape with Assistant Director/Senior Curator, Mosman Regional Art Gallery,  Katrina Cashman. 

While the awards went to.....Acquisitive Prize: Kirtika Kain 5 silk screened pigment and paraffin wax on Japanese rice paper,

 Highly Commended: Ashley Zhurawel Lost on the River Thames linocut hand coloured

Commended: Kristone Capistrano The Newborn charcoal on paper 


Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards


The opening and exhibition of the 2013 awards was installed in Gallery Lane Cove for the first year and was a great success.  This year's awards were judged by three very high profile artists, Dr. Guy Warren, Ann Cape & Kevin Connor

While the awards went to.....Aquisitive Prize: Loique Allain, Bull Creek Road, lino print, Highly Commended: Edgar Schilter, San Miguel De Tacuman 21, graphite on paper, Commended: Fiona Ryan, Bridle Track (Hill End), oil on board, while Special Mentions went to 

Georgia Fanning - Ten one hour drawings, mixed media installation, Oliver Stokes Hughes - The Traveller, oil on canvas and Alice Pulvers - Farmer Barry's Dogs, gouache, pencil on paper 


Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards


Held in the Lane Cove Municpal Council Cove Room, the 2011 exhibition and awards, showcased nearly 70 artworks from artists living in NSW, Victoria and Queenland.  The Awards were judged by two very high profile artists, Dr. Guy Warren and Jan King, plus curator Glenn Barkley


While the awards went to.....

$5,000 Aquisitive Prize by Lane Cove Council was awarded to Victorian artist, Yuria Okamura. 

The judges were unamimous in their decision, describing the winning entry, as ‘subtle, sensitive and inventive’. There was a consistency of idea with her two entries that really impressed the judges.  Acrylic and ink on paper, her work is inspired by the philosophy behind Japanese gardens, particularly the Zen garden. Yuria was born in Japan and has been living in Melbourne for the past 8 years, where she has recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours at the RMIT University. 

The winner of the $1500 Highly Commended Prize was David Quoy, a Sydney based printmaker, sculptor and drawer. David says,’ my work is centred around cultural and social narratives exploring the changing face of contemporary Australian identity’. His entry, ‘Texas Tea’ is a finely executed etching.

Ramesh Nithiyendran won the $800 Commended Prize for his mixed media drawing, ‘Bacchanal’, a risqué work with a dash of humour. This award was sponsored by the Lane Cove Art Society, and was presented by Chrissie Lloyd, president of the Lane Cove Art Society


Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards


Held in the Lane Cove Municpal Council Cove Room, the 2009 exhibition and awards, showcased 60 artworks from artists living in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, Queenland and South Australia.  The Awards were judged by three very high profile artists, Dr. Guy Warren, Elisabeth Cummings and Euan MacLeod

While the awards went to.....

Aquisitive Prize Lane Cove Council: Todd Fuller, Watt is Art? With Permission, an animated drawing, 


Todd Fuller’s animated drawing, ‘Watt Art?- With Permission’ was awarded the $5000 prize for his innovative and well executed work of great insight, which questions the boundaries of drawing, art and outsider art mediums such as graffiti and guerrilla art.  At a mere 20 years of age, Hunter Valley born Todd, is now in his third year at one of this Nations most esteemed art institutions, The National Art School in Sydney. While studying full-time, Todd finds time to teach young children the value of drawing in their learning and development, co-founded an emerging artists group ‘Meat, art to get your teeth into,' which has been part of Newcastle’s TINA (This Is Not Art) festival for the past two years and has also recently received the Storrier/Onslow Cite' Des International Arts Residency in Paris.

Watt Art?-With Permission was a drawing event that took place at the Watt Gallery in Newcastle, where over one week, Todd created his images on walls, floors, steps, canvases, plinths and any surface he could get his hands on, taking Paul Klee’s famous remark, “Drawing is like taking the line for a walk”, to a new level.  Todd can't help but ask, ‘What happens when this walk goes somewhere it doesn't belong? This animated drawing is viewed on digital medium as not only a record of the event but is an artwork in it’s own right, evocatively capturing the process of drawing and story- telling.

Guy Warren, esteemed artist and one of this year’s judges said, “It (Todd’s work) is a work of intelligence, sensitivity and, the judges felt it had considerable promise.”


Highly Commended by Faber Castell: Hannah Smith, Needle and a Black Eye, pen and ink drawing, on paper

Hanna is a Queensland artist who studied at the Queensland College of Art Griffith University

Commended from the Lane Cove Art Society: Madeleine Cruise, Candied Landscape, oil on linen. Maeleine was studying at the National Art School for her Honours in Visual Art, painting. 

Special Mentions went to David Quoy, Blood Stains the Soil of Australia (The Truth Behind the Australian Dream), brush and ink on paper and Rodrigo Luff, Homeless Lady Feeding Birds in Hyde Park, oil on canvas.



Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards


At the opening Awards of the 2007 Allens Arthur Robinson Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award on 12th October, Guy Warren artist and judge, representing a panel of judges including Mirabel Fitzgerald and Michael Kempson, announced the winners of 2011 Awards. With forty-six entries from artists living in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales all exhibited at the Lane Cove Council Civic Centre, the three major prizes were awarded to the following artists.



Matthew Bromhead from Thirroul, on the South Coast was the winner with his drawing, Thirty views East. Bromhead was studying painting and drawing at the College of Fine Arts (COFA), majoring in Drawing for his Bachelor of Fine Arts. Winning prize money to the total of $5,000, Matthews’ drawing has become part of the Lane Cove Council Art Collection.


The Highly Commended prize money of $1,500 was awarded to Dean Brown’s etching, ‘Themes of Isolation’. Dean was in his final year studying at the National Art School in Sydney, where he was majoring in Printmaking.


The Commended Prize of $800 was awarded to Tamara Mendels and her large epoxy resin canvas, who was studying at the Sydney College of the Arts.




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