2018 Art Prize winners

The theme for 2018 was sustainability.

Sustainability is a broad topic, comprising ideas both great and small about the environment, technology, pollution, innovation, politics, and the future of our planet.

The challenges of sustainability weigh heavily on some students, uniquely placed & uniquely pressured to see problems in the world that need solving. Other students are focused on the array of potential advancements and triumphs that could lie ahead, finding & portraying a sense of inspiration from the uncertainty. Some students may even already grapple with this topic in their work or academic life. Art gives them an outlet to confront it at another level – and a way to share these visions with us.


Overall Art Prize winner

Sunset through the smog: Melbourne after a factory fire

Evie Clarke, Agriculture & Veterinary Science

Painting (acrylic & ink)

Smog pollution can create beautiful sunsets. The vivid reds and oranges remain, while blue light waves are scattered earlier by the particles in the air, especially those from plastics or aerosols. It’s the great irony of pollution – some of our most beautiful sunsets are just yet another warning sign.

Best art-discipline entry

Food Waste Visualised

Anna Bellotti, Master of Art Curatorship

Digital print on canvas

1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted globally every year (FAO, United Nations, 2018). In this print each of the 650 shapes represents 2 million tonnes of food waste. Food production is one of the greatest contributors to climate change thus minimising waste can lead to a more sustainable future.

Best non–art discipline entry

Landscape: I Remember Trees

Stephanie Tzanetis, LLM (Law)

Repurposed objects

For 15 years Hope St Collective, a grassroots crew has used a warehouse space to host events for community projects, with a focus on supporting Victoria’s rainforest alliance. Gentrification means the warehouse is being gutted and years of decor from fundraisers… is turning into trash, unless it gets repurposed…

Winner of the popular vote


Hansani Yasodara Weeratunge, Mechanical Engineering

Paper quilling

Humans have caused intense and fundamental changes that lead the earth into a brand new direction. This [piece] illustrates some of the unintended consequences of global environmental changes such as the extinction of species, deforestation, melting of ice caps, contamination of land and water, etc.



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