Young creatives and artists invited to enter 2023 RAW Arts Awards

Media release

Entries are now open for the 2023 RAW Arts Awards aimed at young artists living in Greater Bendigo who are aged 25 and under.

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.

Entries will also be considered for an additional prize, the YoBendigo/Ambedo award valued at $500.

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.

“The City is committed to fostering the talents and artistic pursuits of young people in Greater Bendigo,” Cr Metcalf said.

“RAW is a great avenue to encourage and support artmaking so that talented young artists, writers, performers and film makers can explore and grow their creativity.

“Many past winners are now practising professionals in the creative arts industries.

“We are celebrating The Capital’s 150th anniversary so taking part in RAW will be very special this year as we announce the winners live on stage at our beautiful historic venue.”

Last year’s RAW Performing Arts winner (in music) Tara Muscatello said it was an incredible experience.

"RAW gave me the opportunity to perform on a big stage, be seen by a distinguished judging panel, learn a lot and get exposure,” the 20-year-old musician said.

“I encourage other young people to enter RAW. It was an amazing experience that has given me the drive and determination to follow my passion. Music fills my heart. I’m now writing my own music and talking to producers as it’s what I want to do.”

The RAW Arts Awards entries close on Monday May 8, 2023.

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



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