The world through the eyes of young people

media release

The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) called on all young Queenslanders to show us their perspective of the world and current issues through their exceptional artistic skills.

The Amplify – Through My Eyes participation opportunity provided a chance for young people aged 13 – 18 years to submit an artwork based on the themes of their communities, hopes and dreams or issues that are important to them.

Principal Commissioner Cheryl Vardon was delighted with the amount of submissions from regional, remote to metropolitan areas of Queensland who wanted to illustrate their passions for an inclusive and sustainable future for us all.

“Our young people are passionate and talented contributors to our society. And with their depth of wisdom and creativity, we can see that they want their visual artwork to create an impact worldwide,” Ms Vardon said.

“The submissions not only showcased the talents of young people, but also their united front on issues that are important to them such as mental health and wellbeing, the impacts of COVID-19, inclusivity in communities, and the importance of culture.”

Lila from The Gap, Brisbane region was recognised as the overall winner for her artwork highlighting how COVID-19 impacted on social interactions.

“COVID-19 had brought about change to our lives and future,” Lila said.

“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.”

Additional finalists who won were:

  • Jaeve, 16 years old, Joyner
  • Emilie, 15 years old, Silkstone
  • Amaya, 14 years old, Yeerongpilly
  • Kate, 14 years old, Ashgrove, Brisbane
  • Laine, 13 years old, Charleville
  • Kiara, 16 years old, East Toowoomba
  • Jazmin, 13 years old, Oakey
  • Georgie, 15 years old, Buddina
  • Faith, 13 years old, Mooroobool
  • Ebonie, 14 years old, Aubigny

Ms Vardon wants all the young people that submitted their artwork to know that they should be incredibly proud of the work they produced, and she was impressed with the talent Queensland has.

The collection of art submissions is available to view on the QFCC website.

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Queensland Family and Child Commission

Phone: 0434 683 265