Awarding the City’s most creative

Hume’s most creative residents have been recognized and rewarded as part of Hume City Council’s 2018 Arts Awards, which took place last night.

Hume Mayor Geoff Porter said Council had received a record number of submissions, which demonstrated a high volume of local creative talent.

“Our municipality boasts a broad array of creative residents, and our Arts Awards program acknowledges people who are real achievers in their creative field.

“The 15 artists who are our 2018 Award winners show incredible potential and talent,” Cr Porter said.

“The award winners are from various artistic disciplines including drawing, writing, mixed media, painting, pastels, sculpture, music, poetry, photography and film.

“We’ve recognised more than 80 residents since the annual Hume Arts Awards commenced, and this year’s recipients are up there with the very best.”

The major categories in the 2018 Hume Arts Awards are: 

  • Youth Artist (12-18) Award, won by Elif Turac of Craigieburn, who demonstrates a developing talent for digital production, layering and design.
  • Youth Artist (12-18) Award, won by Meadow Heights resident Jake Nguyen, an adventurous budding artist who enjoys using different media.
  • Youth Artist (12-18) Award, won by Roda Huruseh of Roxburgh Park, recognised for her commendable series of digital drawings.
  • Youth Artist (12-18) Award, won by Charlotte McKenzie of Sunbury, recognised for her accomplished pastel drawings.
  • Youth Artist (12-18) Award, won by Roxburgh Park resident Arya Rameen Farazee, who has a clear talent in the challenging medium of oil painting.
  • Artist (19-30) Award, won by Sunbury’s Elly-Louise Tyquin, who’s powerfully emotive works demonstrate competency across several different mediums – from digital art to sculpture and the written word.
  • Artist (19-30) Award, won by Attwood resident Emanuele Mamo, a musician who demonstrates a passionate commitment to making, teaching and sharing music with a diverse range of communities.
  • Artist (19-30) Award, won by Roxburgh Park resident Steven Mansoor a talented musician who demonstrates a high degree of focus, control and virtuosity.
  • Artist (19-30) Award, won by Sunbury resident James Milenkovic, for his quietly thoughtful and evocative poetry.  
  • Artist (over 30) Award, won by Kay Abude of Meadow Heights, an accomplished Victorian College of the Arts graduate with a talent in multidisciplinary art forms
  • Artist (over 30) Award, won by Broadmeadows’ Angela Davis, a highly accomplished jazz saxophonist, with a a high profile in Australia and internationally.
  • Artist (over 30) Award, won by talented Sunbury visual artist Shay Downer. Shay demonstrates a deep commitment to not only her own exhibiting career, but also to her task of teaching others within the community.
  • Artist (over 30) Award, won by Sunbury resident Paul Kalemba, a visual artist who demonstrates highly developed artistic enquiry and a deep commitment to his practice.
  • Artist (over 30) Award, won by Yelena Ashlapova of Craigieburn, is a highly experimental cross-disciplinary artist with an established exhibition history in local painting and music
  • Artist (over 30) Award, won by Sunbury’s Caleb McKenney, talented film maker who has a clear cinematic drive and is keen to involve the local Sunbury community in his filmmaking projects.

“The winners each share in a total prize pool of $20,000, which can help pay for things like art materials and further study,” Cr Porter said.

“Hume is filled with people of very diverse talents, and I call on everyone to support the work of our local artists.”

Hume City Council would especially like to thank the Sunbury Boilerhouse and the Sunbury Community Arts Network for their partnership in the coordination of this year’s Arts Awards presentation event

For further information about the Hume Arts Awards, visit


Posted on 11:00 AM, 25 July 2018

Updated : 12:56 PM, 25 July 2018

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