Acclaimed Melbourne art studio, Art Encounters, has launched an international art competition for children and teens inspired by a place that has become increasingly familiar as of late: home.

Around the world, children all of ages have spent varying lengths of time isolating at home throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with many now starting to return to school and other aspects of regular life.

My World at Home encourages budding artists under the age of 18, from any corner of the globe, to use the competition as a time to reflect on their experience over the last few months and create a unique piece of art that depicts their world at home, whatever that may be.

I really hope this competition will sow the seeds of creating a global community of young creatives from all nations, backgrounds, belief systems, political structures and socio-economic conditions.

Dena Lester, Art Encounters Director

In an increasingly online world, the instant information and connections offered by technology have enabled this unprecedented period to feel like a shared experience. Art can reflect this notion by providing an opportunity – especially for children – to slow down and use creative tactile skills to make sense of both individual emotions and collective world events.

My World at Home is free to enter, and supported by Derwent Pencils, with the prize pool valued at over $8,000. Entrants can use pencils, watercolours or paints to create their piece, and are encouraged to be creative with the theme. Entries close 9th August 2020


Celebrating its 20-year anniversary, Art Encounters is a highly renowned private art school and studio in Melbourne, Australia. The school strives to offer a diverse curriculum of art courses for children and teens, in which every project is carefully considered to ensure a developmental step in students’ individual creativity and the ability to visually express their world with confidence.