THE 2021 Young Archies Award winners were recently announced at a presentation day at the Hobart Town Hall.
Based on the famous Archibald Prize, the Young Archies is a portrait competition open to all students in Tasmanian Government schools and colleges.
This year saw 66 schools from across the state participate, with 567 entries received from students from Cape Barren Island, Wynyard, Swansea, Bicheno, Bruny Island and many more places.
The awards were presented in year categories, for the best portrait of a person the artists know personally, created by a student from kindergarten to year 12 in a Tasmanian Government school or college, over the past 12 months.
Due to COVID-19 the Young Archies Awards exhibition opened virtually on Monday 6 September 2021.
In addition, a touring display of the award recipients has been showing around the state in the Hobart, Launceston and Burnie Libraries.
Award winners in the Hobart area included:
Kindergarten to Prep Highly Commended: Jobe Percy from Howrah Primary – ‘Raf’
Year 1 – 2 Highly Commended: Addison King from Howrah Primary – ‘My Sister, Mackenzie’
Year 3 – 4 Highly Commended: Denzel de Sails from Lauderdale Primary – ‘My Friend’
Year 5 – 6 Highly Commended: Ava Wilson from Bellerive Primary – ‘Crazy Energy’
Year 11 – 12 Highly Commended: Ben Dixon from Rosny College – ‘Fading Friend’
Exhibition Arrangers’ Award: Evie Wells from Rosny College – ‘Betty May’
Liberal Member for Clark and Minister for the Arts Elise Archer attended the 2021 awards and announced the winners.
“The Young Archies Awards provide a wonderful opportunity for students from kindergarten to year 12 to experience participating in what can only be described as an impressive art exhibition,” Ms Archer said.
“The arts provide students with so many benefits, such as exploring and communicating meaning, promoting emotional intelligence, and developing innovative thinking, all of which provide a strong foundation for important life skills.
“The Young Archies Prize is a wonderful initiative that places high value on all the benefits a creative life can bring.”
To view the entries received in the 2021 Young Archies Awards, visit www.education.tas.gov.au/students/awards-scholarships-students/young-archies-awards/.