YAVA Gallery & Hub

YAE Project - Youth Art Exhibition

Youth Art Exhibition featuring emerging artists from 7 local primary & secondary schools, conceived by 15 yr old Inica Smit.

School Holiday Activities

Event Details


School Holiday Activities

Event Starts

Jan 13, 2022

Event Ends

Feb 6, 2022


YAVA Gallery & Hub


252A Maroondah Highway, Healesville VIC, Australia

Wed to Sun 11am – 3pm


The YAE Project
is an initiative of a (then) 15-year-old of the Yarra Valley, Inica Smit, who had the idea to create a Youth Art Exhibition, including a competition for primary and secondary school students within our community. The YAE Project encouraged youth to take up a challenge and gave them the chance to produce an artwork for exhibition at YAVA Gallery. Mentored by YAVA Gallery, Inica has led the project and assisted with curation of the exhibition itself.


“The aim of the YAE project is to provide an opportunity for youth to build their confidence in displaying their artwork and getting them involved with their local community. Often younger people feel that gallery spaces are only for “professional” artists – we want the emerging young artists to experience a different side of art, something they can relate to, something they can be a part of. 


Knowing that Covid-19 has had an emotional impact on our community and by including local schools, we hope the YAE Project forms a link that supports an overall sense of connection and belonging.” – Inica Smit


WORKSHOPS in the Gallery with artist Jessica Harris (free workshop, donations accepted):

– Sat 22 Jan 11:30-12:30 – Expressive Self Portraits, fun activity – all ages

– Sat 29 Jan 11:30-12:30 – Bookmaking for special treasures – ages 10 and up

– Sat 5 Feb 11am-12noon – Bird Collages, fun and colourful  – all ages (Awards presentation follows at 12 noon)


ACTIVITIES throughout in the gallery – Draw on the Mural, Make a postcard



Awards presented 12 noon.

Proudly sponsored by YAVA Gallery, Canson Australia and Yarra Ranges Council 

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