Welcome to the home of the 26th Annual B'nai B'rith Jewish Youth Art Competition
Patron: Lady Anna Cowen AM
The Competition is open to Jewish students aged 11 to 18. Categories include painting and drawing, sculpture, mixed media, digital and photography. This year the competition and exhibition are online (as was the case in 2020) due to the statewide lockdown and associated closure of the Glen Eira Town Hall Gallery. Digital photos of all the artworks are on display in several virtual galleries.
Here are the virtual galleries:
Ages 11 – 13
Ages 14 – 15
Ages 16 – 18
Click on the icons below to play pre-recorded videos of the three virtual galleries.
Ages 11 – 13 - HERE
Ages 14 – 15 - HERE
Ages 16 – 18 - HERE
The centre pages of the online catalogue list all the entries. Within each of the three age groups, entries are listed in alphabetical order by student surname. Note that section 11 provides tips for navigating through the galleries.
Video of winning entries
Watch the video below to find out the winning entries in each category as well as the overall winner of the Morrie Gold Memorial Prize for this year’s competition.
Click HERE to watch the video.
Click on the window below to display a virtual gallery of the winning entries
The 30/07/2021 edition of the Australian Jewish News features a write-up of the 2021 Competition. The article, entitled: "Inspiring and aspiring young artists", appears on page 21. Click here for details: https://ajn.timesofisrael.com/inspiring-and-aspiring-young-artists/
Conditions of entry
Please click Here to see the Conditions of Entry.
Corrections: In two of the pre-recorded videos and in the catalogue, the name of the student who submitted entry number 100 is incorrect. The correct name is: Benji Adelman. Also, the name of the student who submitted entry number 157 is incorrect. The correct name is: Raffi Jenshel.
In the pre-recorded videos and in the catalogue, entry number 325 was the work of two students: Neve Errez and Aviva Broons. In the pre-recorded video for ages 11 to 13, the artworks displayed for entries 118 and 160 are incorrect. However, the correct artworks are displayed in the virtual gallery for this age group.
B’nai B’rith Victoria gratefully acknowledges our numerous sponsors whose generous financial support makes this competition possible. They are listed below and are also featured throughout the catalogue.
We congratulate all our talented young artists whose work will be on display in this year's exhibition.
Last Year's Competition:
Below is a brief video of the opening ceremony from last year’s competition, including the official opening by Glen Eira Mayor, Cr Margaret Esakoff, and announcement of the winning entries in each category.
The window below contains a virtual gallery of the all the entries in the 16 – 18 age group. Please wait a short time for the virtual gallery to load.
Background to the Competition
Morrie Gold was born in 1917 in Warsaw, Poland and immigrated to Australia in 1937.
Always a lover of the arts, his work was furthered by his artistic wife, Marie. As an art benefactor he contributed to the National Art Gallery of Victoria. His interest in fostering art in Jewish youth was prompted by watching his grandson's artistic abilities developing. He realised that to encourage the interest and confidence of children in art there must be interaction with the public.
Having been a member of B'nai B'rith for some time, Morrie felt it was the right organisation to fulfil his wish of running an Annual Jewish Youth Art Competition.
Morrie Gold died in May, 1993. This annual Jewish Youth Art Competition was established through a bequest left by Mr. Gold to B'nai B'rith.
B'nai B'rith has taken up the challenge to organise and hold the exhibition each year. The competition aims to promote artistic competence and a sense of unity among youth of various sections of the Jewish community.
It is open to Jewish youth between the ages of 11 and 18. Entries are divided into age groups 11 to 13, 14 and 15, 16 to 18. In each age group there are four categories, namely, painting and drawing, mixed media, digital, and sculpture. A fifth category of photography is open to artists aged 16-18. Students enter from Jewish day schools such as Beth Rivkah Ladies College, Bialik College, Leibler Yavneh College, Mt Scopus Memorial College, the King David School, Yeshivah College. Students from state schools and other independent schools are also encouraged to enter.
The artworks are judged by a panel of professionals in the arts industry and prizes are offered in all categories and age groups. Over 200 artworks were submitted in 2020.
Learn more about how B'nai B'rith Australia / New Zealand is making an impact in communities across our region.