Fine Art@Hale Art Awards 2023

Unique in a Western Australian school-based exhibition, the Fine Art@Hale Awards are an acknowledgement of the incredible work brought to the exhibition by the many talented artists in our community.

Best Artwork Award

This award is for an outstanding artwork as deemed by the judging panel. 

Sponsored by Fine Art@Hale: $2000

Best Emerging Artist Award

An encouragement award for an outstanding artwork by an emerging artist, as deemed by the judging panel. Artists must declare their eligibility for this award on application by confirming that they are in the early stages of their artistic career (less than 10 years).

Sponsored by Fine Art@Hale: $500

People’s Choice Award

Votes in the People’s Choice Competition are open to attendees of the physical exhibition in Memorial Hall and will finish at the close of the exhibition on Sunday 23 July 2023. Only one vote per person.

Sponsored by Fine Art@Hale: non-monetary award

Brine House Award

In addition to these awards, the annual Brine House purchase has been coined the FA@H “Packing Room Prize”. Selected by the Year 7 and 8 boarders from Hale School’s Brine House, an artwork is bought using a kitty of the boys’ pocket money combined with a matching contribution by the Head of the Boarding House. The work then forms part of the significant art collection of Brine House for future boarders to enjoy.  Hats off to Head of Brine House, TJ Steenkamp for starting this great initiative.

Judging Panel 2023

The judging panel for the 2023 exhibition consisted of the following four judges:

– Mr Dean Dell’Oro, Headmaster of Hale School

– Ms Julia Robinson-White, Collections Curator, City of Stirling 

– Ms Lisa Hakkinen, Head of Junior School Art, Hale School 

– Ms Heidi Thavaseelan, Fine Art@Hale Committee Vote


Judging will take place at the exhibition, Hale School Administration Building on the morning of Friday 21 July 2023, with the successful recipients announced at the official opening of the exhibition that evening.

Votes for The People’s Choice Award will be collated at the conclusion of the 2023 physical exhibition and the winner notified by the Fine Art@Hale Committee.

In all awarded prizes, the judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.