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receives a Cash Prize of $10,000
PLUS their school will receive art materials from Zart worth $10,000

NTAP.Winner LILLIS.Roxanne PhoenixRising#3

Roxanne Lillis
Mount Carmel Catholic College, Varroville, NSW

Phoenix Rising # 3
acrylic on canvas
(126 x 152 x 2cm)

“This work is one of a series painted after the devastation of losing everything we owned in the December 2019 bush fires. It is process driven on loose canvas, from a roll given to me by a friend.
My paintings in this series are intuitive, spontaneous and cathartic, based on memories of my home and land.
Phoenix Rising #3 has many layers of memory, thus many layers of paint, until I’m happy with the resolution.”


Receives art materials from Zart worth $2,500


Jan Liesfield
Mooroolbark East Primary School, VIC

The Crow Tree
lino print
(50 x 40cm)

“Journeys through landscapes, both locally and overseas, is what inspires me to create an artwork. In my prints, I try to depict these scenes in a stylised manner, hopefully evoking a sense of place, without being literal copies of them.
I love to use mark making and depict the landscape in layers, from close up to the far distance, manipulating the view in such a way as to include as much detail as possible. Printmaking enables me to make images that represent the shapes and forms of the landscape, the plants and birds that I see around me.”


Seven winners will receive art materials from Zart worth $2,500


QLD PEACHEY.Andrew FrozenInTime1Andrew Peachey
Redlands College, Wellington Point

Frozen in Time 1
digital photograph on gloss paper
(40 x 60cm)


My father had always worked on cars until he went blind at seventy years old. His workshop was left exactly as he had used it. Nothing was moved until his death at ninety. Termites had eaten away at parts of his workshop. The nest was found in the hollow of a Besser brick. Long empty, it too was an artifact of diligent work. Just as the termites had secretly eaten away at his workshop so too the disease had quietly eaten away his vision.



ACT.NT LESH.Korin AllThatIsSolidMeltsIntoAirKorin Lesh
Millner Primary School, Millner

All That is Solid Melts into Air
crate, balloon, acrylic-sheet, dichroic film, light
(200 x 200 x 200cm)

We are living with the hangovers and consequences of industrialisation and commercialisation that began during Modernity. All that is solid melts into air (2020) explores how we are not separate to the plastic materials of our creation, proliferation and usage. We are literally and ethically entangled with them. We may prefer to think we are objective observers from a distance, but actually we coproduce each other and everything is inter-connected. We are not disconnected from the environments we build and inhabit. We might stand aside of the crate, balloon, acrylic sheet, dichroic film and electrical light that All that is solid melts into air (2020) applies, but we are never separate from them.



SA CRAWFORD.HIGGINS.Melanie Meraki 01Melanie Crawford (Higgins)
Immanuel College, Novar Gardens

acrylic on canvas
(102 x 76cm)


Meraki (Greek) means to put “something of yourself” into what you are doing, whatever it may be. This abstract painting is about the complexity of life and its constant state of change and evolution. ‘Meraki’ is part of my ‘Valtari’ series of works, a homage to the music played in my studio when I am painting. For me, art is about connection, an expression of the journey of life and the offering of a moment of communication between viewer and artist. Layers of texture, drips, welcomed mistakes and the travelling of paint build the stories of my paintings. My process reveals, conceals, and re-examines what we define as beauty like collecting evidence of life lived over time; the peeling of paint on walls and the hidden potential residing in discarded remnants. I am fascinated by the beauty found in organic marks made naturally without overthinking or correcting.



TAS BEST.Romany RedDressRomany Best
Hobart College, Mount Nelson

Red Dress
oil on canvas
(114 x 71cm)


As a child I refused to wear the clothes my mother chose for me. I did not listen either. At the time it seemed inconsequential and it was many, many years before I understood the ramifications of those choices. I listen carefully now but the damage has been done.



WA BRYANS.P.James 50P. James Bryans
Melville Senior High School, Melville, Perth

digital painting
(50 x 70cm)


P. James Bryans is a printmaker, specifically screenprinting, as well as creating mixed media paintings, drawings and 3D printed objects.
He also undertakes commissions, creating hand produced, limited edition screenprints for artists, galleries and corporations.
Do you remember your childhood?
Do you remember what you saw?
Do you remember the feeling? The wonder, the innocence?
For P. James Bryans it was a childhood full of daydreams and wonderment. The bush, calm and secluded. The night sky with its stars and vanilla milky-way, and the thousand colours in a single blade of grass.
Growing up on an idyllic country farm, James spent his days wandering through the bush and giving his imagination free reign.
Now, as an adult, he manipulates and appropriates fragments of those times from his (embellished) memories, along with the books and ephemera of his childhood to capture those moments that we treasure and make us who we are.
His artworks have often been referred to as ‘bedtime story’ assemblages. Using themes from the 1950’s, the ‘Age of Innocence’, such as the utopian nuclear family or his own ‘Enid Blyton’-esque children, Bryans creates screenprints of innocence, purity, kitsch, nostalgia… schmaltzy!
His works, however, leave out particular detail. There are no facial features. Items that his characters are gazing in wonder at are non-existent. Like our childhood memories there is a void, an absence of detail that gets filled in by our adult self. We have to narrate the rest of the story. Coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections occur, leading to surprising analogies.



NSW STEHR.Kate TheBrushKate Stehr
Kiama High School, Kiama

The Brush
timber, branch, natural fibre
(120 x 78 x 15cm)


“Kate is an artist based in the coastal town of Wollongong. Her works are predominantly three-dimensional, with each of her practices informing the others.
Her current series of works looks at creating scribing tools from timber both found and carved, along with a variety of natural sourced materials.
This large scale piece invites the audience to imagine creating expressive, gestural marks. As a scribing tool it is unwieldy but forces to user to ‘let loose’ in giant, calligraphic sweeps.



NTAP.RunnerUp VIC LIESFIELD.Jan TheCrowTreeJan Liesfield
Mooroolbark East Primary School, Mooroolbark

The Crow Tree
lino print
(50 x 40cm)


Journeys through landscapes, both locally and overseas, is what inspires me to create an artwork. In my prints, I try to depict these scenes in a stylised manner, hopefully evoking a sense of place, without being literal copies of them.
I love to use mark making and depict the landscape in layers, from close up to the far distance, manipulating the view in such a way as to include as much detail as possible. Printmaking enables me to make images that represent the shapes and forms of the landscape, the plants and birds that I see around me.


The Finalist Exhibition showcasing the 50 finalist artworks is currently on display at
The Lennox
208 Lennox Street, Richmond VIC

Exhibition dates: 1st – 23rd April
Open times: Thursday/Fridays (2pm – 6pm)
& Saturdays (10am – 2pm)


Winner receives an individual Cash Prize of $2,500

The People’s Choice Prize is Still Open for Voting!


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The National Teacher-Artist Prize 2021 is a national contemporary two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) art prize sponsored by Zart Art. It aims to encourage, recognise and celebrate the visual arts practice of primary and secondary school educators. This marks the first art prize for teachers.

The National Teacher-Artist Prize was established to reward teachers by celebrating the value and quality of their individual art practice, supporting both their professional teaching practice and personal growth needs. The prize is a recognition of those who foster rich learning environments within school communities and promote the fundamental importance of the arts in children’s education. The prize aspires to be one of the most valuable events on the art and education calendar, being the only dedicated art prize for educators in the world.

The National Teacher-Artist Prize will be held annually. Entrants must be Australian residents who are registered teachers, and currently working in an Australian school and over the age of 18.


The National Teacher-Artist Prize committee is delighted to announce that the guest judges for the 2021 prize are Del Kathryn Barton and Dr Henry Ward.

The judging process for the National Teacher-Artist Prize 2021 will occur in two phases. After individually reviewing each digital entry, the judges will convene in February, 2021, to select around 50 shortlisted finalists. At the prize exhibition in April, guest judges Del Kathryn Barton and Dr Henry Ward will announce the overall winner plus seven state-based Highly Commended prizes.



Ntap Home DelKathrynBarton 250x333Del Kathryn Barton

Del Kathryn Barton is one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists. She is the only woman to have twice won the prestigious Archibald Prize (in 2008 and 2013) and in 2017 she had her first major retrospective, The Highway is a Disco, at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Her work is found in many prestigious collections around the world, including The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, US; and the Tiroche deLeon Collection, Tel Aviv, Israel.


Ntap Home HenryWard 250x333Henry Ward

Dr Henry Ward is an artist, writer, curator and educator living in London. He is the Creative Director for Freelands Foundation, and has written and lectured widely on the arts and education.

He works across a range of media and a variety of approaches, working predominantly in painting and drawing but also venturing into sculpture, photography and collage. He was shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize in 2018 and 2019. His background, and continued work in art education, informs much of his expanded practice, focusing on teaching as a form of socially engaged art. He is interested in the relationship between approaches to teaching and approaches to making.



Entries Open: 6:00am on 1st October, 2020

Entries Close: 11:59pm on 31st January, 2021

Finalists short list announced: 1st March, 2021

National Teacher-Artist Prize Exhibition Dates: 1st – 23rd April, 2021


Winners of the National Teacher-Artist Prize and the seven Highly Commended State-Based Prizes were announced on Opening Night being Thursday 1st April 2021 with the winner of the People’s Choice Prize will be announced shortly following the close of the National Teacher-Artist Prize Exhibition.


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