Young Artist Awards Competition 2018

Our student Clara Rabé came first in SA amongst all the Grade R’s.

The Young Artist Awards competition is known as the most prestigious event of its kind in South Africa.  This competition expects skills, knowledge and understanding that are exceptionally high.  With prizes up to the value of R100 000, “cute” is simply not enough. Therefore participation in this competition is subject to the following requirements:

  • Any participant that received diploma awards in the annual National Eisteddfod activities in the preceding year qualifies to compete in this competition.
  • Any participant that received a diploma or similar awards in any other eisteddfod or similar event may qualify, subject to the submission of the necessary proof
  • All unprepared and improvised work are excluded.

The Lillian Gray Fine Arts School had six students invited to this prestigious event that met all the qualifying criteria.

The Young Performer Awards Competition is presented over four elimination rounds.

  • The first round comprises of adjudicated events in each genre, where the adjudicator panels nominate participants to proceed to the quarterfinal round.
  • The quarterfinals take on a similar format, where the adjudicator panels nominate approximately 15-20 per genre to proceed to the semi-final rounds.
  • The 4 semi-final rounds of Young Performer Awards competition is when participants in the different categories,  are then invited to compete in the final round.
  • In the final round, a panel of experts representative of the different genres finally decides on the winners of the Gold, silver and Bronze medals.
  • Representatives of Kruger and Kie, the auditors’ company of the National Eisteddfod Academy oversee the adjudication process in the semi-final and final rounds.


The National Eisteddfod Theme for 2017 was Movement. In class discussion, Clara Rabé decided to paint a ballerina to capture the movement Clara loves the most – dance.

Clara’s ballerina comes alive on the page. She opted for a limited colour pallet using a grey background so that the beautiful pink ballerina could stand out. She also wanted to set the scene with a starry night sky.

Clara Rabe young artist award winning artwork
Young artist award

We are extremely proud of Clara for taking first prize. She is a dedicated little artist that draws every single day. She is always keen to learn new techniques. We will be watching this young artist’s career.

Clara Rabe being awarded the young artist award

Clara receiving her prestigious award for National Category Winner in SA for (Gr. 0 – 3), Junior, Painting. 

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