Brauer College Year 10 student Zoe Edwards’ `Tears of Hope’ has taken out first prize from a record 90 entrants in the 2017 WRAD Art in Schools competition.

Judges said the entry provided a powerful response to this year’s theme with a visually striking image and thought provoking, reflective artists statement.

Zoe photographed herself in a pose that reflects sadness and hope and added coloured tears to the image.

Zoe said she was inspired by witnessing troubled teenagers and the challenges they face in their lives.

“I wanted to convey that there is always hope for you and it’s okay to express your emotions,” she said.

“You can leave your dark past behind and have a bright and colourful future.”

Tears of Hope also won the people’s choice award.

Second prize went to Timboon P-12 college student Shelby Gristede for an artwork using symbols to reflect hope, community and connectedness.

Third place went to Brauer College student Zara Young for an artwork showing mental health doesn’t just affect those diagnosed but also the people surrounding them.

Encouragement awards were won by Lily Hose of Mercy Regional College, Kirralie Lumsden of Emmanuel College, Sarah Delwig of Camperdown College, Luke Lane of Emmanuel College and Ariana Silver of King’s College.
WRAD staff choice was shared by Jessica Treble of Timboon P12 and Ebony Taylor of Brauer College.

The winners shared more than $1000 in prizes.

Students from Camperdown College, Emmanuel College, Mercy Regional College, Brauer College, Timboon P12 and Kings College entered the competition.

The 90 entries will be exhibited at the Outlaw Gallery at the former Fletcher Jones building throughout June.

This year’s theme was `The Big Picture of Recovery- a Kaleidoscope of Caring’ in which every student, teacher and school participating comes together to build a bright and beautiful ‘big picture’ of substance misuse recovery –for individuals, families and community.

The competition has a focus on the dual diagnosis of substance use and mental health issues.