We’re excited to see where this year’s Youth Grant will take budding artist Jaya Palmer. Her plan is to build on her existing digital art skills and grow as an artist through individual coaching sessions with a digital marketing agency. Through her Youth Grant, Jaya will be able to learn new skills and techniques that she can use to create future professional artworks.
Participating In Our Art Exhibitions
After connecting with Jaya through our 2022 art event with the theme This Is Me, Deaf Children Australia recognised her passion for art and encouraged her to apply for a Youth Grant to further develop her skills.
Jaya also entered our 2023 art event with the theme Heroes and Leaders where she was a runner up and was awarded a grant to enable her to pursue her passion for art. Her artwork was a composition of eight people who are important to her.
Building A Business Through A Youth Grant
As a successful 2022 Youth Grant applicant, Jaya used last year’s grant to build an online business selling her digital artwork. By selling her artwork on greeting cards, posters, tote bags and t-shirts through her online shop, Jaya has been able to fulfill her dream of sharing her artwork and starting her own business. She says, “I feel very proud to now have my own website up and running. I have also gotten a few orders which were successful. I’m continuing to add new designs and variations.”
When asked about her passion for art, Jaya explains, “When I was very young at the age of 3, I didn’t have any English and was learning to talk, so I communicated by drawing and recording everything I saw and did. I drew everything in just black lines.” Jaya pursued her passion for art by learning how to use Procreate from her high school art teacher. She has loved learning more about the program and using it to experiment with her art.
What’s Next For Jaya?
Jaya is currently expanding her range of artworks by creating a collection of art based on her family’s fishing boats. “My cats are my greatest inspiration as they are part of my life and they provide lots of joy and laughter with their antics,” she explains. “I now have a labradoodle that I would like to create some more artworks of.”
We’re excited to see more of Jaya’s amazing artworks as she builds her existing digital skills over the coming months. See some of Jaya’s designs here: https://jayapalmerart.com.au/
Submissions Are Now Open For Our 2024 Art Exhibition!
Deaf Children Australia’s annual art competition is dedicated to supporting, promoting, and nurturing deaf and hard-of-hearing young people in their pursuit of creativity.
If you’re 8 to 23 years old and are interested in creating a piece of art for our next art exhibition, make sure you check out the page on our website for more information:
You may also be interested in our Youth Grants page: