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The annual Young Archie arts competition is open for entries

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is calling for entries for the much-loved annual Young Archie competition. Budding young artists between the ages of 5 and 18 from around Australia are invited to submit a portrait of someone special to them who plays a significant role in their life.

Children and teenagers are encouraged to unleash their creativity to produce an imaginative portrait that is ‘painted from life’, like with the Archibald Prize, where artists have a sitting with their subject. You may also create the portrait from memory or take your own photograph to use for reference.

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2020 Young Archie competition AGNSW, Finalist,
Lily Jackson, Age 8
Warriewood, NSW
My dad acrylic paint, white crayon and black ink on paper. Photo: AGNSW, Christopher Snee

There are four age categories:

  • 5-8 year olds;
  • 9-12 year olds;
  • 13-15 year olds; and
  • 16-18 year olds.

Entries to the 2021 competition will be judged on merit by a guest judge, 2020 Archibald Prize finalist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, and Art Gallery of NSW family programs manager Victoria Collings.

Young Archie 2021 finalists and honourable mentions will be announced on 27 May 2021.

One winner will be chosen in each category and finalists from each category will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of NSW from 5 June to 26 September 2021 alongside the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2021. Artworks that received an honourable mention are displayed on the Gallery website and at the SH Ervin Gallery in the Rocks alongside the Salon des Refusés.

Prizes:

Each of the four winners will receive: a cash prize of $200 from ANZ, an art hamper (valued at at least $150), a family pass to a paid exhibition at the Gallery (valued at at least $40), and an Archibald 21 catalogue (valued at $16) – total prize value is $406. Each of the remaining finalists will receive: a cash prize of $50 from ANZ, an art pack (valued at at least $25) and an Archibald 21 catalogue (valued at $16) – total prize value $91.

Entries are now open and close on 7 March 2021 at 5pm.

Entry forms are now available at artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/young-archie/enter/

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