Young artist becomes Wish Ambassador
From Sydney exhibition to Google!
Meet Andrea Alzened, former wish kid now Wish Ambassador whose wish to be an artist came true in 2015. Then, Andrea’s inspirational wish helped her become the youngest artist ever to be exhibited in her very own exhibition space at the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Sydney! Not only that, but Andrea was also invited by Google to create a Make-A-Wish Google Doodle, having the chance to collaborate with a US-based Google designer.
A love for colour, painting and drawing
Back in 2014, when she was 10, Andrea was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. It was her love of colour, painting, and drawing that spurred her wish, and she says that whenever she thought about her Make-A-Wish wish, it helped her forget about her illness and difficult times in hospital undergoing treatment.
Joining the Wish Force
These days, well and prepping for her HSC and turning 18 in July, Andrea supports other Make-A-Wish wish kids and the Wish Force by attending events and activities, sharing her story and enthusiasm for Make-A-Wish’s work. Her mum Tamar says “Andrea’s ability to focus on her art was her escape from the cruel and harsh reality of her life back then. Now, she’s doing visual arts for one of her HSC subjects and just loves to put anything together to make art.”
“Andrea’s ability to focus on her art was her escape from the cruel and harsh reality of her life back then. Now, she’s doing visual arts for one of her HSC subjects and just loves to put anything together to make art."Tamar, Andrea's mum
Andrea lives in Glenbrook NSW with her mum, and sister, Talar who is 19 and in her 2nd year at UTS. We say, keep an eye out for the next art phenom, Andrea Alzened!
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