For Jewish youth aged 11 to 18
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 and is survived by his wife Marie, two daughters and grandchildren. This annual Jewish Youth Art Competition was established through a bequest left by Mr. Gold to B'nai B'rith.
B'nai B'rith Shalom Unit has taken up the challenge and 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 three categories, namely, painting, other media and sculpture. Students enter from Jewish day schools such as Yeshivah, Beth Rivkah, Yavneh, Bialik, Mt Scopus, King David and Sholem Aleichem as well as independently from State schools.
The artworks are judged by a panel of professional artists and prizes are offered in all categories and all age groups. There is also an overall prize, The Morrie Gold Memorial Prize and a Jewish Theme Prize. Approximately 200 artworks are submitted annually.