Awards to celebrate creativity

Hume City Council will again celebrate creativity with a grants program that’s targeted at artists.

The 2016 Hume Arts Awards shall offer a total of $20,000 in prize money for professional artists who are based in Hume.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said Council wanted to nurture the arts.

“Many talented artists live in Hume and we want to highlight their fabulous work,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Creative residents enrich our community and help Hume to develop a unique identity.

“Artists are based all throughout our municipality, from Sunbury to Campbellfield, and from Jacana to Mickleham.

“We want to provide prize money to local artists so that they can continue their creative work and develop a rich portfolio.”

The 2016 Hume Arts Awards are available to people who practice disciplines such as painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, drawing, and print-making.

They are also on offer to those who thrive in the performing arts, like music, theatre, and dance.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the prize money would assist recipients to deepen their artistic work.

“People can use the award funds to pay for further study or purchase materials that they need to continue their artwork,” she said.

“The prize money may also assist with the cost of memberships to professional organisations, and expenses associated with travel that leads to a greater understanding of an artistic discipline.”

In 2015, a total of 11 residents received a Hume Arts Award.

One of the recipients was Jack Lyall, a 14 year old boy from Sunbury who played the role of Gustave in the musical Love Never Dies.

Letisha Hirniak of Greenvale also won an award, after she impressed with a series of oil paintings that were influenced by her mother’s experience as a doll maker.

In 2016, awards are available in the following categories:

• Youth;
• Emerging Performing Arts and Writers;
• Established Performing Arts and Writers;
• Emerging Visual Arts; and
• Established Visual Arts.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume City Council was proud to support local art.

“Artists often challenge our thoughts and offer a different perspective on life,” she said.

“Their works often inspire, and can motivate us to take an interest in something completely different.”

Hume City Council regularly hosts exhibitions by local residents at the Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, which is based at the Hume Global Learning Centre in Craigieburn.

People can apply for a Hume Arts Award from 1 March 2016 until 23 March 2016, at

Council will announce the winners of the awards in June.

For further information, call 03 9205 2200.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 15 February 2016

Updated : 5:47 PM, 19 February 2016

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