Who ate the popcorn? David White wins 2018 Public Advocate's Art Prize
David White has been awarded the 2018 Public Advocate's Art Prize for his painting Who ate the popcorn?
The prize was presented as part of State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition, which is being held at The Atrium in Federation Square 19-27 October, 2018.
CONNECTED was established in 2003 to showcase the work of emerging artists with a disability or an experience of mental illness.
The Public Advocate's Prize is awarded for an artwork created by a person with disability or mental illness, which best exemplifies the spirit and work of the Office of the Public Advocate.
David said he had submitted the artwork so that people can look at it and understand that there are people in the painting that do not have a disability and they are supporting people with disability.
He believes this is what the world should look like and how they should act.
Colleen Pearce, Victoria's Public Advocate, said that David's picture showed much more.
"Art goes both ways," Ms Pearce said
"The people who look at art are helped as much as the artist who created it.
"Each year, my office purchases several artworks from people with disability.
"We use them as designs on our publications and present them as awards.
"Each year, I always remark on the increasingly high standard of art at CONNECTED and this year is no different.
"It is really very impressive and such a diversity of artwork."