Talented crop of Young Archies

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The winning work in the nine to 12 years category, “My Dad’s Brush” by Ian Joseph Kim, aged nine, NSW. Photo: AGNSW, Christopher Snee.

COMPLETING the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ prize season, the eighth annual Young Archie competition has produced a talented crop of young artists from NSW and Queensland.

Inspired by the Archibald Prize, the Young Archie competition invites children and teenagers from around the country aged five to 18 to submit a portrait of someone who is special to them and plays a significant role in their life.

The winners in each age category were: five to eight years category: Gabrielle Guo, seven, Carlingford, NSW, for a portrait of her sister; nine to 12 years category: Ian Joseph Kim, nine, Lidcombe, NSW, for a portrait of his father; 13-15 years category: Lily Hobbs, 14, Kedron, QLD, for a portrait of her sister; and 16-18 years category: James Stibilj, 18, Wahroonga, NSW, for a portrait of his sister.

Five to eight years winning work “My Little Sister Vivienne” by Gabrielle Guo, aged seven, NSW. Photo: AGNSW, Christopher Snee.

The four winners each receive a cash prize of $200 from ANZ, an art pack from S&S Creative, a family pass to a paid exhibition at the gallery and an Archibald 20 catalogue. Each of the remaining 36 finalists receive an art pack from S&S Creative, a cash prize of $50 from ANZ and an Archibald 20 catalogue.

A perennial favourite at the Gallery, the Young Archie competition is part of the family program for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2020 exhibition.

More than 1800 entries were received, judged by guest judge, western Sydney artist and winner of the 2020 Sulman Prize, Marikit Santiago, and Art Gallery of NSW family programs manager, Victoria Collings.

Santiago was awarded the 2020 Sulman Prize for her work “The Divine”, which portrays her three children, who she often collaborates with in her creative processes.

“I thoroughly enjoy judging this competition and am always moved and astounded by the depth of emotion, imagination and skill demonstrated by these budding young artists who work so hard to capture the character of their subjects,” Santiago said.

The 10 finalists in each age category are on display at the Art Gallery of NSW, The Domain, Sydney until January 10.

Honourable mention artworks are displayed here and at the SH Ervin Gallery in The Rocks alongside the Salon des Refusés.

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