Amplify - Through my eyes

A visual arts opportunity for young Queenslanders aged 13 to 18 years

In our Growing Up in Queensland project, children and young people had the opportunity to write to us and share experiences around growing up in 2020. 

Young Queenslanders also had the opportunity to express your thoughts and opinions through a visual lens.

Young people sent through their painting, drawing, photograph or graphic artwork showing us one of these three themes:

  • Community 
  • Hopes and dreams 
  • Issues important to young Queenslanders.

The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is excited to announce the winners of the Amplify - Through My Eyes art opportunity. 

COVID-19 had brought about change to our lives and future. So, I focused on how we were forced to turn from human interaction to loneliness and technology, which often had its disadvantages, including glitches in the system.

The wattle symbolises Queensland's strength and resilience. The hands represent the diversity of culture. I dream that multiculturalism will thrive and we will learn from each other. Queensland can grow out of these cracks and revive beautifully.

Important issues like Black Lives Matter, LGBT+ Pride and Racial diversity, is what I'm trying to represent in my drawing, to show that teenagers see the important stuff that’s happening. We want a world where these aren’t a problem.

The inspiration behind this artwork comes from wanting to grow into a person who doesn't confine to society's stereotypes and be able to escape from the bounds a stereotypical city can create.

Living in the bush with high aspirations.

My painting is a representation of my family and my ancestors, the Kalkadoon people. They have experienced many challenges that impacted their way of life shaping us. We are proud Qlders and feel connected both spiritually & culturally to our land.

Parallel future

 My inspiration behind this piece was the modern-day such that people follow what is popular or the bad influences of their lives or want to follow their own dreams as human beings can be influenced by the people they see.

My picture depicts the loss of culture and the suffering for indigenous communities in the past from the elderly lady's facial expression and the proteas provide a background of hope and strength for the communities trying to rebuild their culture.

With my art I strive to educate people on the dangers of microplastics, ghost nets and how they can affect marine animals like jellyfish. Using acrylic pours and Zen tangles I tried to capture the details of the small dangerous plastics.

All people coming together and supporting and helping where we can when help is needed.

My piece reflects my hopes and dreams for the world to care for creation and create a world of harmony and balance. Not only do I believe that we must treat each other with love and respect, but we urgently need to protect and sustain the environment.