Nominations open for young artist awards

By Alex Gretgrix

ENTRIES are now open for the 2020 RAW Arts Awards aimed at young artists aged 25 and under living in Greater Bendigo.

The awards are offered across four categories: Visual Arts, Literature, Performing Arts and Digital Media, with prizes of $1000 and $250 awarded for each section.

City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Margaret O’Rourke said the RAW Arts Awards provided a great opportunity to celebrate the creativity of local young artists.

“The council is committed to fostering the talents of young people in the region and these awards offer a wonderful platform to showcase their creativity,” she said.

“Over the past decade, the RAW Awards have attracted more than 900 entries and supported burgeoning young artists, many of whom are now practising professionals in the creative arts industries.

“I encourage all young artists to consider entering their work in this year’s awards.”

Work submitted for the awards will also be featured in an exhibition and showcase.

The mayor will present the awards ceremony on stage at The Capital on Thursday, May 14 at 6 pm.

The presentation will include a showcase of performing arts and digital media entrants.

This is a free event and all applicants, family, friends and other supporters are invited to attend the evening’s celebration.

Following the presentation, the annual RAW Arts Exhibition will feature visual arts entries at Dudley House and literature entries will also be available on the night.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17.

The RAW Arts Awards entries close on Monday, April 20.

To complete the online application, please visit or

For further information, email [email protected] or call 5434 6478.