Competition Details

Process & key dates for 2023

15 February

Official launch event at Sunshine Plaza, school applications open online

28 February

School applications close, judges review submissions and select six successful schools

6 March

Successful schools announced and sent full brief

March to May

School workshops delivered at successful schools by Artist Ambassador at mutually agreed times

7 June

Installation date at Sunshine Plaza (schools bump-in after trading hours)

8 June

Installations live and public voting opens to determine People’s Choice Award

17 July

Final judging completed and public voting closes

19 July

Award presentation: announcement of overall winner and People’s Choice Award

23 July

Installations removed from Sunshine Plaza by schools (after trading hours)


To be in the running to be selected as one of the six successful schools to compete in Sunshine Arts Fest, schools will need to complete the online application form which will be live on this website from 6pm on 15 February.

Applications must be submitted using this online application form and must be received by 6pm (AEST) 28 February 2023. Successful schools will be announced on 6 March 2023.

Installation information

With just a predefined workspace and anchor prop to work with, the six successful schools will be challenged to create a visually engaging installation and to use augmented reality to tell their story. The following elements will be delivered to successful schools to form part of their installation:

Working space: Schools will be provided with a timber plinth on which to build their installation (2m wide x 1.8m deep x 0.75m high – provided to schools as two panels of 1m x 0.9m each).
Backdrop banner: This will form the backdrop for the installation and comprises a metal frame with a fabric sock. (2m wide x 1.8m high).
Photography Roll: A 2m wide x 10m long photography roll for artwork will be supplied.
Anchor prop: A different Sunshine Arts Fest prop will be provided each year in line with the annual theme. The prop for the inaugural event in 2023 is a surfboard, provided as a timber surfboard cut-out (0.35m wide x 1m high).

Successful schools will receive a more detailed brief, noting specific installation requirements and guidelines. For further information or questions in the interim, please email:

School Workshops

Artist Ambassador Sarah Sculley will visit the six successful schools twice during the competition period to support them through the process and provide creative guidance, based on their individual requirements. This will help schools as they plan and execute both their design and the AR component of their installation.

Judging Criteria & Voting

Our independent judges, Artist Ambassador Sarah Sculley, Creative Stylist Hayley Jenkin, and headspace Art Therapist Ute Dittrich, will judge each installation according to the criteria below.

• Execution of theme, storytelling and artistic vision (15% weighting)
• Visual impact of installation (35% weighting)
• Interaction and engagement through AR technology (30% weighting)
• Creativity, originality and collaboration (10% weighting)
• Sustainability (10% weighting)

The general public will also have an opportunity to cast their vote online for the People’s Choice Award while the installations are on display at Sunshine Plaza from 8 June to 17 July. More information about where to vote will be available at each installation.

Prize Pool

Schools are encouraged to get creative to win their share of the $5,000 prize pool and be crowned the inaugural winner of Sunshine Arts Fest!

Overall judge’s winner: $3,500

People’s Choice winner, determined by the public vote: $1,500