11 May - 21 Jul

Penrith Youth Art Prize

Colour Stories

Penrith Youth Art Prize returns in 2024 to foster and celebrate the creative talent of young artists in our community.

The theme for the 2024 prize is ‘colour stories’, drawing inspiration from artist Margo Lewers and her lifelong fascination with colour.

I am intensely interested in colour. It excites me and I want to show the effect of one colour upon another…
– Margo Lewers

This year young artists are asked to tell their own story through colour, and to consider how colour can create mood, evoke emotions, or conjure memories. The annual exhibition includes four categories – lower primary, upper primary, secondary and youth, with submissions open to artists with a connection to Penrith and its surrounds.

Finalists and winners are selected based on the artwork’s originality and artistic interpretation of the theme.

This year’s judges are This Place Where They Dwell artist, Diana Baker Smith and Toby Chapman, Director, Visual Arts.

Submit an artwork now for a chance to be part of Penrith Youth Art Prize.

Submissions close 2 May

Winners and finalists will be announced on 7 May.



  • Make an artwork responding to the theme ‘colour stories’ and read our terms and conditions
  • Fill out an entry form

CLICK HERE for the General entry form
CLICK HERE for the School entry form

  • Entry Drop Off

Entries can be dropped off at the Penrith Regional Gallery Reception or mailed to:

Youth Art Competition, Penrith Regional Gallery, 86 River Road, Emu Plains, NSW, 2750.


Applications close: 2 May
Finalists and winners announced: 7 May
Exhibition dates: 11 May – 21 July


Prizes will be awarded to one winner from each category:

  • $100 art materials voucher- lower and upper primary category winners.
  • $200 art materials voucher – secondary category winner
  • $500 prize – Youth category winner


Penrith Youth Art Prize is supported by Metal Manufacturers.
The youth category prize of $500 is generously supported by the Friends of the Gallery.

Submission Dates:
5 February – 2 May 2024

Exhibition Dates:
11 May – 21 July 2024

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