Shining stars enrich us all

A 14 year old musical theatre star who reached the audition stage of The Voice Kids is amongst the winners of the 2015 Hume Arts Awards.

Sunbury’s Jack Lyall played the role of Gustave in Love Never Dies and is one of 11 recipients in the annual awards, which showcase Hume’s finest talents across a range of artistic disciplines.

Other winners include a Greenvale woman who has created a garment out of plant matter and a Sunbury actor who performed in the dance film Skin Touching Sky.

This year’s awards also recognise a VCE student from Greenvale whose oil paintings cover themes such as abandonment, and a Craigieburn musician who regularly performs a unique sound based on culture from northern India.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, will officially present the Hume Arts Awards on Wednesday 10 June 2015 at the iconic Broadmeadows Town Hall.

Cr Atmaca said the winners’ list demonstrated the wide variety of talented people who live in Hume.

“Our municipality boasts a broad array of creative residents, and these awards acknowledge people who are real achievers in the areas of music, dance, painting, fashion, sculpture and public art,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Hume is one of the most diverse communities in Australia, and it’s clear we are also home to an eclectic array of talent.

“The 2015 Hume Arts Awards recognise people like Mia Porter, a year 12 student from Roxburgh Park who loves Polynesian culture and draws free-hand in fine liner.

“They also honour artists such as Arif Kurtgozoglu, a Meadow Heights sculptor with a real talent for pieces that depict the human form in a classical way.”

Winners of the Hume Arts Awards share in prize money that totals $20,000, with the major categories being:

• Youth – Award, won by Letisha Hirniak from Greenvale, who studies studio art and creates oil paintings that are influenced by her mother’s experience as a doll maker;
• Emerging Performing Arts and Writers – Award, won by Roxburgh Park’s Natasha Hanna, whose expertise as a violinist is confirmed through her role last year as principal 2nd violin with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra;
• Established Performing Arts and Writers – Award, presented to Craigieburn’s Omar Pervaiz, who has blended his love of Sufi music with guitar-based rock, to present an appealing sound that has been demonstrated at the Lights of Culture Festival in Broadmeadows;
• Emerging Visual Arts – Award, won by Greenvale’s Samantha Lentini after she created her own fashion company, titled s.L.c The Label; and
• Established Visual Artists – Award, presented to Aslam Akram of Jacana, a world-renowned artist with pieces on display throughout Hume, including Breeze, which is situated at Dallas Shopping Centre.

Cr Atmaca said he was confident that all award recipients would continue to exhibit their talents in the years ahead.

“The Hume Arts Awards aim to provide financial support to some of our community’s most creative people, so that they can undertake further study or training,” he said.

“Each winner strengthens the life of this municipality and enriches our culture, and we’re so proud that they are part of Hume.

“I encourage all residents to support our local artists, who are creative people with passion, drive and an abundance of talent.

“They help to make Hume such a wonderful community, and I wish each of them every success.”

A full list of winners in the 2015 Hume Arts Awards is here.

Updated : 9:14 AM, 4 June 2015

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