Given that the Archibald Prize is Australia’s favourite art award, and certainly its most prestigious, it was a happy occasion when the Art Gallery of NSW announced that to co-incide with this annual event, the first Young Archie, an award for children between the ages of 5 and 18 years will happen in 2013. Kids and teenagers are invited to submit a portrait of, as it says in the rules, a person who is special to the artist, someone who plays an important part in their lives. There are four age categories: 5-8 years, 9-12 years, 13-15 years and 16-18 years.
The competition will be judged by artist and Gallery Trustee Ben Quilty, who also won the 2011 Archibald Prize, and Victoria Collings, the Gallery’s senior coordinator of education. It is an opportunity to enable children to become part of the on-going discussion about the importance of portraiture and recognising human endeavours in our community, noted Victoria Collings. Five finalists from each category will be exhibited at the Gallery and on the Gallery website. One winner will be chosen in each category.
Apart from the honour of winning works being hung at the Gallery, each winner will receive a $100 ANZ Visa Debit card, an art pack from Faber Castell and a family pass to the upcoming Sydney moderns exhibition as well as an ANZ money box and Archibald 13 catalogue. Finalists will receive an ANZ money box and the Archibald 13 catalogue. Winners will be announced to the media on the 16 May at 11am and an exhibition of works will be on display from the 10 May until 2 June. Full Details and HOW to ENTER click our link