28.2 C
Byron Shire
February 27, 2024

YEP Art Competition winners announced

Latest News

Short film awesomeness

Flickerfest and iQ are back, Thursday to Saturday at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall. Go on a remarkable cinematic journey...

Other News

Cartoon of the week – 21 February, 2024

Send to Letters Editor Aslan Shand, email: [email protected], fax: 6684 1719 or mail to The Letters Editor, The Echo, 6 Village Way, Mullumbimby, 2482, NSW, Australia.

An adventure of a different kind

Two years ago adventurer Emma Scattergood discovered that a journey doesn’t always involve travel. In 2022, Emma was told she had stage 3 invasive lobular breast cancer. 

Tintenbar-East Ballina face tough test to make LJ Hooker cricket finals

Tintenbar-East Ballina (TEB)senior cricketers face a stern test to make it through to the finals of the LJ Hooker first grade league after losing to Casino in their most recent two day-game.

MIA: Balson on Wallum

Dear Cr Balson, I understand that you attended the Byron Council meeting last Thursday very briefly, but absented yourself from...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Growing Mould Together

I love the smell of mould in the morning. Actually I don’t. It drives me nuts. Some days I’m obsessed that it’s all I can smell. It’s the smell of living in the Northern Rivers. The humidity and rain of our summer has created the perfect conditions for mould. Mould on shoes. Mould in my bread bin. Mould in the dark of my cupboards. Mould in the cracks in my bathroom. Mould behind the sink. Mould in me

Coastal hazard assessment study released

The way in which coastlines are managed is moving forward, with a consultant report – Byron Shire Coastal Hazard Assessment (CHA) – being released by Council. 

YEP’s Holley Somerville-Knott and Tony Barry with the Casino Christian School winners – Lucy Clark, Isabelle James, Shayla Dufy and Emily Edwards. Photo Tree Faerie.

Eve Jeffery

The results are in and the organisers of the Young Environment Protectors (YEP) high school art competition have announced the winners of the Young Environmental Protectors Art Competition.

The competition was delayed owing to COVID, but last Friday veteran actor Tony Barry, who is the founder and facilitator of YEP and Holley Somerville-Knott YEP’s Patron went to the Casino Christian School on Friday to give out some prizes.

Tony Barry and Holley Somerville-Knott spoke to the weekly assembly about the importance of art in activism. Photo Tree Faerie.

The competition is held throughout the high schools of the Northern Rivers to encourage young students to make their statements on their fears and concerns for the environment that they’re going to inherit.

First, second and third place all received $1,000 and every school that entered also received a map of Australia displaying the 500 Clans and Nations of the original carers and protectors of Gondwanaland.

Tony and Holley spoke at the Casino Christian School’s weekly assembly before announcing the winner made up of a collaborative team of Emily Edwards, Shayla Dufy, Lucy Clark and Isabelle James with their entry entitled Djanangmum On Fire.

Keeping $100 each, the girls donated the remaining $600 of their prize back to the school for an environmental project.

The winners received $1,000 and the schools were given a map of Australia displaying the 500 Clans and Nations of the original carers and protectors of Gondwanaland. Photo Tree Faerie.

There were winners from two other schools including Kingscliff High, who also had a collaboration of Ashi Hilmer, Ella Cooper, Amber Chailaou and Sabine Rishton-Potter with their photographic collaboration entitled, This Is Rubbish and Murwillumbah High’s Tayha Martin with her mixed media entry called Biodiversity.

Tony Barry said he was happy to congratulate all the participants in the 2020 YEP competition.

YEP Patron Holley Somerville-Knott said it was wonderful to speak to the students who gave their time and energy to create such a thought-proving painting for the YEP project. ‘YEP is all about combining art with activism because both are about creativity, passion and sharing a message with people,’ said Holley. ‘The students at Casino did really well with that.

‘Seeing such commitment from people like Tony Barry to supporting young environmental activists, and such drive from the younger generations in taking climate action gives me a lot of hope about the future.’

Holley Somerville-Knott and Tony Barry. Photo Tree Faerie.

Tony said the philosophy behind YEP is to encourage in our youth, an appetite for activism, employing all art forms as a means of protest and disapproval of the wanton destruction of the environment, their legacy, for the sake of short term profit.

Tony and Holley said that the prizes were kindly donated by Alan Hargraves and Rod Halstead, SANTOS Organics and The Byron College. ‘The Byron School of Art and Ross Bishop made a significant contribution to the printing of the maps of Indigenous Nations. These maps were presented to the seven participating schools and the thirty-five other High Schools in the Northern Rivers who were invited to participate, however were unable, because of Covid and other reasons, to compete.

‘I would also like to thank and acknowledge our judges for the generous gift of their time and expertise – Robert Bleakley, Viginia Reid and Lewis de Vere Tyndall. I would also like to acknowledge the contribution made by Stroma Lawson in realising YEP.’

To see the winning and other entries and to find out more about YEP, visit: yep.community.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Marching in with a bang!

Get your party pants on as Nudge Nudge Wink Wink marches in with a bang this Saturday. Arrive early and leave late! Two incredible guest DJs join the Cunning Stunts residents in the Shed.

Bangalow Film Festival starts next week!

Bangalow Film Festival is back for its fourth year and the full program is available in all its cinematic glory – and it starts next week. Grab the popcorn and settle in for exclusive world and Australian premieres of critically-acclaimed feature films, award-winning documentaries, beloved classics, plus masterclasses with industry experts, Q&A sessions, special guest encounters and surprise events.

Interview with Lydia Lunch and Joseph Keckler

Tales of Lust & Madness is a new show from Lydia Lunch, New York’s ‘punk poet queen of extremities’ and Joseph Keckler, a singular performer once crowned the ‘best downtown performance artist’ in New York City.

Tintenbar-East Ballina face tough test to make LJ Hooker cricket finals

Tintenbar-East Ballina (TEB)senior cricketers face a stern test to make it through to the finals of the LJ Hooker first grade league after losing to Casino in their most recent two day-game.