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We have teamed up with Dr Norman Swan and the ABC on this special project. The Art Gallery of New South Wales has asked some of our favourite artist friends to inspire you to get creative.

Jumaadi wants to know about who, what or where is special to you. He has shared some of his own artworks so you can see what is special to him.

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Special to me

Would you like to make an artwork about or for someone, something or somewhere that is special to you? I would love to see you create something using materials you already have. 

I like to make art almost anytime and anywhere. I use all sorts of different materials – paint, cloth, paper, scissors and pencils – to make drawings, paper cut-outs, shadow puppets and sculptures. 

Jumaadi, Mother and child, 2019, enamel on metal cut-out. Courtesy King Street Gallery and the artist © the artist.

Jumaadi, Flying lesson, 2018, acrylic on buffalo hide. Courtesy King Street Gallery and the artist © the artist.

Jumaadi, Wedding, 2019, acrylic on cloth. Courtesy King Street Gallery and the artist © the artist.

I create pictures about my family, friends, people I love, pets, cars, boats, canoes, trees, fruits, houses and special places in my mind or memory. These pictures make me happy and are comforting during this time of social distancing. 

Once you’ve finished making your artwork, please write a few words about it, take a photo and submit it. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t realistic, as long as it is special to you! 

Jumaadi, Boat, 2019, enamel on metal. Courtesy King Street Gallery and the artist © the artist.

Jumaadi, 2020. Photo: Tim Connolly.

Jumaadi, ‘Sometimes he is a fish. But sometimes he is just a boy’, 2020, pencil and gouache on paper. Courtesy King Street Gallery and the artist © the artist.

Submit your artwork

Kids aged 5–12 years

Key dates
Artworks can be submitted until Sunday 12 July, 5pm (AWST)

Online exhibition opens on Monday 27 July on this website.

Entry guidelines and artwork submission form

The Art Gallery of NSW invites budding artists between the ages of 5 and 12 to submit an artwork for Together In Art Kids 2020 online art exhibition. To be considered for selection, an entrant must comply with the following entry instructions and conditions.

Key dates

  • Artworks can be submitted until Sunday 12 July 2020, 5pm (AWST)
  • Online exhibition opens on Monday 27 July 2020 on this website

Instructions and conditions

  • One artwork only per entrant.
  • Can be vertical or horizontal.
  • Any art materials or combination of art materials may be used, and the artwork can be two-dimensional or three-dimensional.
  • The artwork must be photographed and submitted as a digital file saved as a JPG no larger than 5 megabytes in file size.
  • Fill in and submit the entry form online ensuring that a parent or legal guardian has signed permission for entry.

Exhibition and selection

  • A selection of artworks will be exhibited on the Art Gallery of NSW’s Together In Art Kids website.
  • The exhibition will be curated by Melanie Eastburn, Senior Curator, Asian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
  • The curator’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Please keep any physical copies of the finished artwork – you may be contacted regarding future Art Gallery of NSW projects.

Here are some top tips for photographing artworks

  • Place the artwork on or against a white paper or neutral background.
  • Photograph it in an area where there is plenty of natural light. Soft, diffused light is better than direct sunlight.
  • Make sure your artwork is in focus.

Terms and conditions

  • Entry is open internationally to kids aged between 5 and 12 years.
  • The artwork submitted must be the original work of the entrant themselves and not infringe the copyright, moral rights or other rights of any third party. This means you must not copy an artwork or photograph created by another person or an image from another source such as the internet or a print publication.
  • Artworks that are deemed not to belong to or be created by the entrant will NOT be eligible.
  • Artwork containing photography of kids is not permitted.
  • Licensing the artwork: Entrants grant the Gallery non-exclusive rights to reproduce their artwork in material form, to photograph, publish and/or communicate it to the public for the following project-related purposes, and anything incidental to such purposes, by the Gallery, its project partners and sponsors (including the ABC): marketing, publicity, educational and publication uses for the Gallery, the competition and its exhibition in all media, including but not limited to electronic/digital, broadcasting and print media in perpetuity.
  • As partners in this project, the licensing permission extends to the ABC, who may wish to reproduce artworks via their communication channels (including, but not limited to, ABC Education, ABC News online and ABC TV platforms).
  • Permission to so reproduce the work must be conveyed by the entrant to any purchaser of the work. Where reasonable, the Gallery will attribute the artists as the author of the work and reproduce the work in full.
  • Details of the work may be used at the Gallery’s discretion.
  • Entrants will not be entitled to any fee for such use.