The 27th Annual B'nai B'rith Jewish Youth Art Competition was a great success.
Thanks to numerous sponsors, over 50 students received awards and prizes across a variety of categories: Sculpture, Mixed Media, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Portraiture / Caricature.
The Morrie Gold Memorial Prize for the Overall Winner was awarded to Chana Pesha Faigenbaum, Year 11 Beth Rivkah student.
The Jewish Theme Prize was awarded to Esti Schachter, Year 11 Beth Rivkah student.
The Thalia Hakin Memorial Prize (Ages 11 - 13) was awarded to Tamar Gold, Year 8 Beth Rivkah student.
The Raymond and Leah Black Prize was awarded to Isaac Cohen, Year 4 Caulfield South Primary School student.
A complete list of the winners are included here.
Click here to view the Competition Catalogue.
Click here to view photos of the winning entries.
"Regality" by Chana Pesha Faigenbaum.
"Kotel" by Esti Schachter
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 2022.
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