Local student Brooke Sutton, a proud Kalkadoon woman from Kepnock Girls Academy, has been named the winner of the Nestlé Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Development Program (AYDP) Artwork Competition.
The competition was run to celebrate Nestlé’s 10-year partnership with Girls Academy – a partnership developed in 2010 to help Girls Academy develop and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls through their in-school mentoring and leadership program.
As part of the 10-year celebrations, students were invited to create a piece of artwork that reflects Nestlé’s motto of: Good Food, Good Life.
Nestlé Corporate Programs & Sponsorship Manager Rashna Shroff said it was incredible to see the pride and passion in the artwork entries, a reflection of what the partnership represents.
“We’re delighted to celebrate 10 years of our partnership with Girls Academy. We know that educated girls are a powerful force to change families, and change communities.
"The Girls Academy program is meeting a need for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in practical ways – and we’re looking forward to continuing to work together."
Renowned artist and AYDP ambassador Jeremy Donovan has been supporting the campaign and the emerging young artists. A shortlist of entries were voted upon by Nestlé staff.
“It’s been wonderful to see the response to the competition. We opened up voting to our staff and Brooke’s beautiful artwork was overwhelmingly decided the winner,” Ms Shroff continued.
Brooke and Kepnock Girls Academy have won some great prizes, including dedicated funds to support art and cultural activities in the Academy. This includes an art workshop with Jeremy Donovan for the girls to learn more about Jeremy’s story and his artworks.
Brooke’s winning piece will be featured as part of a new Nestlé AYDP brand identity.