The 2023 As We Are Art Awards Exhibition was held in October and showcased 177 artists and artworks. The event was such a success, that we are looking forward to its’ return at Wilkinson Gallery Claremont for 2024! See the 2024 Key Dates further down the page.

2023 Awards Presentation: The Winners

In 2023 there were nine art award categories, each with a respective cash prize of $1,000, with all entries judged by a professional, independent visual arts panel. The Awards Presentation evening took place on Thursday 19th October 2023, at Wilkinson Gallery, Claremont Showgrounds.

Congratulations to all the 177 artists who participated in this year’s awards.

The Award Winners were as follows:
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award – Robin Thorne “Magpie Coroboree”
  • Contemporary Art Award – Greg Carstens “Bachelor Brother In Law”
  • David Guhl Award for Artistic Excellence – Mandy White “Me and Poppet at a Jungle Party
  • Patti Ferber Creative Development Award – Maria Perruzza “A Colourful Life”
  • Regional Art Award – Aimee Dickson “Oh What a Dame”
  • Rosalind Lewis Art Award – Darryl Dempster “Baby Farm”
  • Stephen Delower Memorial 3-D Award – Malcolm Nielson “Does Your Monkey Have A Licence?”
  • Spilt Milk Awards:
    Emily Cox “Colourful Wilderness”
    Rebecca Johnston “George”
    Harper Hely “Thinking About Pink”
    Catherine Wright “Ocean Life”
The judges also awarded six Certificates of High Commendation (in no particular order):
Judge’s High Commendation Awards
  • David Guhl “New York Walk”
  • Malcolm Burgess “Playing in my first car”
  • Justin Lekias “Blink-182”
  • Mason Levy “mutilatio est sola revelatio”
  • Aidan Leahy “Busy Day”
  • Brendan Morris “Disco Bird”

About entering the Exhibition for 2024:

Entries can be in any art medium, though works are limited in size and weight: 1m x 1m and up to 5kg for two-dimensional works, and 0.5m3 and up to 10kg for three-dimensional works. 

In 2024, artists will be invited to submit one entry, with all entries submitted being the artists’ original works and produced in the 12-month period prior to the entry closing date.

Entry is a two-part process. Firstly, entrants are required to submit a completed Registration Form, and secondly, entrants are required to deliver their artworks two days prior to the exhibition opening.

The 2023 As We Are Art Awards were proudly supported by:

Key 2024 Dates:

Registrations for Artists:

Open – Monday 19th August 2024. Registration will close – Friday 27th September 2024 @ 5pm.

Please note incomplete and late entry forms will not be accepted.

Delivery of Artwork: 

1pm – 4pm, Tuesday 15th October 2024 Wilkinson Gallery, Gate 1 Entry, Claremont Showgrounds 1 Graylands Rd, Claremont WA 6010.

You can pay your registration fee ($10) on the day if you did not pay online.

Exhibition Opening and Award Presentation Evening: 

5:00-7:00pm, Thursday 17th October 2024, Wilkinson Gallery, Claremont Showground – Gate 1 Entry, 1 Graylands Rd, Claremont WA 6010.

Exhibition Opening Hours:

9am-2pm, Friday 18th October to Sunday 20th October 2024.

Collection of Artwork:

9am -12pm Monday 21st October 2024, Wilkinson Gallery, Claremont Showgrounds, 

Gate 1 Entry, 1 Graylands Rd, Claremont WA 6010.

If artwork is sold during the exhibition, we will transfer your sale proceeds after the exhibition.

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Local Workshop & Classes

Want to prepare a piece for the 2024 exhibition? Below is a list of incredible organisations running workshops and classes for artists with intellectual disability around Western Australia.


Disability In the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts (DADAA)


DADAA run a number of visual art, digital art, dance, performance and music workshops for adults and children with disability at their Fremantle, Midland and Lancelin localities.


Chorus Ability Arts


Ability Arts is an innovative and individualised program for people with disabilities based in Mandurah. Their program offers activities in many different art forms including art, pottery, music, yoga and photography.


Mundaring Arts Centre


The Mundaring Arts centre run a number of ongoing art workshops facilitated by professional Western Australian artists. The workshops and the Centre have a very inclusive approach to people with disability.


The Art Corner 

Art Mentor Tricia Coffey runs two weekly classes for people with intellectual disability.  The classes are held every Thursday (Painting) and Friday (Pottery) 9.45am-11.45am. For further information please contact Tricia on 0488 470 178.


Mixed Palette Inc.


Mixed Palette currently run weekly art workshops every Friday morning, as well as art projects, at their Rockingham studio. Mixed Palette has a focus on promoting inclusive practice within the community and has a core group of artists who have intellectual disability and who model processes, artistic skills and leadership within the group.


Victoria Park Centre For The Arts


These sessions are run by Rosie and Peter, who have extensive experience in facilitating workshops for people living with disabilities. Workshops run with each school term: Tuesday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Tuesday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, and Thursday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Contact to enquire: kyc_admin@vicparkarts.org.au or (08) 6454 1803.


Rise Arts Hub 


Rise run an Arts Hub that offers a variety of arts and craft activities for people who have a disability of all skills and abilities at their Warwick facility.  These include art, craft, pottery and woodwork.

Mosman Park

Rocky Bay Art Studio

This vibrant art space holds workshops and creative art sessions focusing on skill development and overall well being of our Rocky Bay customers. By exploring artistic voices, personal interests and self expression we build confidence and a sense of pride through every piece of art created. For more information on these different classes.

To find our more: call (08) 6282 1900 or email: enquiries@rockybay.org.au