Young artists invited to enter 2022 RAW Arts Awards

Entries are now open for the 2022 RAW Arts Awards aimed at young artists aged 25 and under living in Greater Bendigo.

The awards are offered across four categories: Visual Arts, Literature, Performing Arts and Short Film, with prizes of $1,000 and $250 awarded for each section.

For the first time, entries will also be considered for an additional award with a $500 prize.

One piece of work will be selected from the entries for the YoBendigo/Ambedo Award that captures the experience of being a young person living in Greater Bendigo in 2022.

Ambedo magazine is a free quarterly magazine designed, produced and edited for young people.

Work submitted for the awards will also be featured in an exhibition and showcase

City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said the RAW Arts Awards provided a great opportunity to foster young creatives in the community.

“RAW is a highlight in the arts calendar because it provides a wonderful showcase to celebrate and admire the diverse works and talents of young people in Greater Bendigo,” Cr Metcalf said.

“Over the past decade, the RAW Awards have been the launchpad for young artists, many of whom are now practising professionals in the creative arts industries.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase your work and I encourage all young artists to consider entering their work in this year’s awards.” 

The Mayor will present the awards ceremony on stage at The Capital on Thursday June 2 at 6pm. The presentation will include a showcase of performing arts and digital media entrants. This is a free COVID-safe event and all applicants, family, friends and other supporters are invited to attend the evening’s celebration.  

Following the presentation, the annual RAW Arts exhibition will feature visual arts entries at Dudley House and literature entries will also be available on the night. The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday June 3 to Sunday June 5.

The RAW Arts Awards entries close on Monday May 2, 2022. To complete the online application, please visit

For any queries about the application requirements, please email [email protected]


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