Hundreds of Kids Picture Positive Relationships

Hundreds of kids and adults from across the Sanderson area and beyond participated in the Inaugural Sanderson Alliance Art Awards, supported by Sanderson NAC and the Darwin Community Arts. 


A total of 181 entrants where chosen from the hundreds of works created by students at Manunda, Karama, Malak, Wulagi, Anula and Sanderson schools.

Much of the artwork was produced in social and emotion learning lessons. It’s powerful to know that each piece is the result of a child or adult reflecting on positive relationships in their lives. Many works depict respect, care and love between friends and siblings; parents and children; between parents, partners and people of different cultures.

The huge job of awarding the cash prizes was generously taken up by local artist Winsome Jobling and many thanks to Aaliyah Kopp for the Acknowledgement of Country.

We had a great morning at the awards ceremony at Sanderson Middle School, meeting many young artists and hearing about their work. The ceremony was part of the NAC Community Village with plenty of fun and food.

The opening ceremony was attended by key people supportive of our initiative including Nicole Manison (MLA), Kate Worden new member for Sanderson, Caitlin Perry of Darwin Community Legal Service; Smith Family program Coordinator, Jacinta Chartres, Ken Davies and other Department of Education Executives. All school principals attended including Paul Matthews of Casuarina Senior College.

Many thanks are due to those who have helped us talk about domestic violence, including: Dawn House, NO MORE at Catholic Care, Melaleuca Refugee Centre, NT Government Domestic Violence Directorate, the Wellbeing Team at the Department of Education and the Family Responsibility Centre.

The prize winning entrants are on exhibition at Sanderson Middle School’s new gallery until 16 September. Gallery hours: Tue–Fri 10am–2pm by appointment. Enquiries:

See our Facebook for the photo album of entries.

Click here to learn more about our initiative Kind and Brave: Everyone has the right to be safe and cared for.