Youth Arts Awards

The Bathurst Arts Council / 2BS GOLD Youth Arts Awards are a well respected tradition established with 2BS Gold many years ago. The awards recognize our talented and creative local youth in all areas of the arts. Many of our past recipients have gone on to excel in their careers thanks in part to their recognition.

The award comprises media recognition and a $100 cash prize to be applied to the furthering of artistic endeavors of the individual. Award winners will be eligible for the 2BS Youth Arts Award Scholarship to be presented as part of the Bathurst Australia Day celebrations each year. The winner of this annual award will receive a $1000 Scholarship to be applied to a specific arts related opportunity. All winners are invited to participate in the Youth Arts Award annual Showcase Concert in Nov/Dec of each year at BMEC.

Find us on Facebook. Application forms can be downloaded here or requested by emailing the project coordinator.

Youth Arts Awards

2017 Award Winner

Will Hazzard

Will Hazzard is 17 years old and autistic. He had a love of art from a young age but art became a form of therapy with his autism diagnosis at age 10. Influenced by Buddhist philosophies, his work aims for connection with animals, the environment, and the Wiradjuri land he lives on at Meadow Flat. Will attends the Dubbo School of Distance Education.

His work is often inspired by personal encounters with nature and his paintings represent life cycles and a spiritual connection with the earth. He has developed his own unique style and his work often features built up layers of paint and is meant to be tactile, as he wants his art to “touch” people.

Will has presented two solo exhibitions, ‘Share The Earth’ Dubbo, ‘Superposition’ Lithgow, and a group exhibition “LCAP” Lithgow. Will has won several prizes in 2017 including first place positions at the Royal Bathurst Show, Blayney Show and Sofala Show and Textures of One, Evans Art Exhibition, Ironfest and Waste to Art.

2018 Winner: Will Hazzard
Will Hazzard
Will Hazzard

2017 Finalists

Charlie O'Neill

Charlie O’Neill

My name is Charlie and I love to speak. Even my parents can’t get me to keep quiet. Consequently, I enjoy participating in speaking competitions, whether that be debating, mock trial, or public speaking itself. I also have fun doing a lot of other things, such as basketball, rugby and swimming.

When I leave school, I plan on studying to become a barrister and eventually work in environmental politics. I’ve grown up in Bathurst and am honoured to be nominated for a Youth Arts Award.

Charlie O'Neill

Emma Warburton

My name is Emma, 18 year flautist (ATCL) and music enthusiast, and I’ve been learning flute under the instruction of Wendy Jenkins for 11 years.

I have been an active member of numerous musical ensembles and have been lucky enough to perform as a featured soloist with two of these groups. My association with these ensembles has led to my involvement in three pit orchestras for both Bathurst and Richmond theatrical societies. I have received positions in two orchestral mentoring programs, including the 2014 Sydney Symphony Orchestra Playerlink workshop, and the 2017 Macquarie Symphony Orchestra Mentoring Program, where I was mentored by music professionals such as SSO’s Rosamund Plummer and MSO’s Samantha Schoeler-Jones.

My goal as a musician is to enrich the lives of others through instilling an appreciation for music in all its forms amongst those of both the musical and non-musical persuasion. I wish to commence a music degree at university, and with the assistance of tertiary study and platforms such as the Youth Arts Awards, I will endeavor to share my passion for music to the world.