Entries are open Monday 20 June – Friday 19 August 2016



To be eligible to enter, artists must be 18 years or over, with a disability or an experience of mental illness. The State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition is open to artists creating works in the following disciplines: painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, multimedia and digital arts, photography, printmaking and poetry. All work submitted for entry must have been produced since February 2016 and must be the original work of the artist.



Download and complete the entry form.

Please send your completed entry form and a photograph or digital file of your artwork to:




–  All entries must be received by Friday 19 August 2016
–  Artists may enter a maximum of one work
–  Digital images should be less than 2MB, saved as JPEG and able to be opened in PC format
–  JPEGs and digital media files should be saved on USB or CD clearly marked with Artist’s
first name and surname, title of the artwork, and contact phone number
–  Filename format should be ‘Artist name_Artwork title.jpg’



All artwork to be featured in the exhibition are selected by the Curator and the Curator’s chosen judging panel. Successful entries will be notified the week of the 29th of August.



The prizes will be awarded during the 2016 CONNECTED Art Exhibition Opening Ceremony on Monday 10th of October. The Allan Merigan People’s Choice Award, however, will be announced on Monday 24th of October.



2015 CONNECTED. Winners


JUDGING PANEL – First, Second and Third Prize 

– Steven Doan: Illustrator, Artist: Besides being a gifted painter, Steve Doan is also a graphic designer, an illustrator, an art director, a photographer, a film maker, and a musician. And a globetrotter, who, after having been brought up in Africa and having extensively travelled in Europe, America and Asia, where he worked, lived and loved, has finally settled in Brussels. There he recreates his exciting past with abstract canvases that capture the memories of these lands and the emotions felt during his various encounters. The vibrancy and vitality of these colourful climes and of his multifarious experiences live on in his art, expressed in strong graphic form and rich hues, and in which one also clearly detects an all-pervasive musicality.

– Elise Jones: Senior Editor at Allen & Unwin: Elise Jones is a Senior Editor of books for children, teens and very occasionally adults at Allen & Unwin, where she has worked since 2000, first assessing manuscripts and managing the submissions, then as an editor for the past ten years. Elise has completed the Residential Editorial Program at Varuna, won the FAW Barbara Ramsden National Award for Excellence in Editing (with author Kim Kane), judged two YA categories of the Aurealis Awards, served on boards for the Rationalist Society of Australia, Express Media and the RMIT Committee, and contributed (modestly) to the organisation of the Homecooked Comics Festival since its inception. In 2016 she took part in the inaugural Australian Comic Arts Festival and KidLitVic conference. She is also Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin’s Melbourne Manager, and occasionally a Faber tutor. Elise works with some of Australia’s best-known and best-loved children’s book authors and illustrators.

– Charlotte Lance:  Illustrator, Author: Charlotte Lance has written and illustrated several children’s books including A Really Super Hero and I Have a Dog (An Inconvenient Dog). The detailed worlds she creates have stories within stories, and her illustrations are hilariously lively. As the mother of two wild boys she often draws on her everyday life for inspiration and hilarity. She also has the uncanny knack of creating scenes that truly come to life


JUDGING PANEL – The Allan Merigan People’s Choice Award

The Allan Merigan People’s Choice prize is awarded to the most popular artwork according to the number of votes/likes in the Online Gallery.

The Online Gallery will appear on the CONNECTED Facebook page and will feature the artworks displayed at the exhibition. The voting will be open from Monday 29th September to Friday 19th October.  The winner of the Allan Merigan People’s Choice award will be announced on Monday 24th of October.

People’s Choice award was named after Allan Merigan, who was the manager of State Trustees’ Client Legal team. He passed away on 31 December 2008, after a year-long battle with cancer.

Allan loved art and was a great patron of the State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition. From the very beginning, Allan threw his enthusiastic support behind the exhibition, buying many works, which he later donated to State Trustees for all the company and our visitors to enjoy. He also made a considerable contribution to State Trustees and the Victorian community in the arena of legal policy, litigation and pro-bono work to support Victoria’s most vulnerable.

In this spirit of generosity, passion for art, life and all that this inspires in the world, the annual People’s Choice Award was re-named the Allan Merigan People’s Choice Award in 2009.

View CONNECTED 2016 Online Gallery to vote now.


JUDGING PANEL  – Office for the Public Advocate Award

The Office of Public Advocate promotes and protects the rights and interests of people with disability, and works to eliminate abuse, neglect and exploitation.

In 2015, the prize was awarded by Victoria’s Public Advocate Colleen Pearce. You can read more about this story here.


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