2021 Lester Prize Youth Awards

The VCI is a proud sponsor of the 2021 Lester Prize Youth Awards, celebrating the incredible contribution young people make to society when they are given the opportunities they need to flourish.

The creativity and talent on display throughout the exhibition was astounding and worthy of recognition and celebration.

As adults we often think about children and young people in terms of the contribution they will make when they become adults –‘Our future leaders’- and whilst it is true that when children grow up, they’ll contribute to society in all sorts of ways, this framing fails to recognise the very real contribution that children and young people make to society in the here and now.

The artwork produced for the Lester Prize are a reminder to adults to value all children for who they are right now.

Given the right supports and opportunities young people will lead and inspire not only in the arts but in all facets of society and the importance of this cannot be overstated.