2021 Young Archies Award winners announced

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 Category Winner: Ayah Al-Bulushi from Albuera Street Primary – ‘Dad, I love you’

Year 1 – 2 Highly Commended: Henry Maskell from Sandy Bay Infant – ‘Andrew’

Year 1 – 2 Category Winner: Louise Herbert from Princes Street Primary – ‘My Dad’

Year 3 – 4 Category Winner: Shinwoo Cho from South Hobart Primary School – ‘My Grandma’

Year 5 – 6 Category Winner: Harry Gowans from Princes Street Primary – ‘Father Dearest’

Year 7 – 8 Highly Commended: Eh K Bru Wah from Ogilvie High School – ‘My dad through shades of colour’

Year 9 – 10 Highly Commended: Grace Ren from Taroona High School – ‘Little Boy’

Year 9 – 10 Highly Commended: Solana Bodley from Taroona High School – ‘Euphoric’

Year 9 – 10 Category Winner: Mack Brown from Taroona High School – ‘Uncle G’

Year 11 – 12 Highly Commended: Audrey Carter from Hobart College – ‘Signature Red’

Year 11 – 12 Category Winner: Katriel Sayer from Elizabeth College – ‘Zac’

Overall Primary Winner: Harry Gowans from Princes Street Primary – ‘Father Dearest’

Overall Secondary Winner:  Katriel Sayer from Elizabeth College – ‘Zac’

Exhibition Arrangers’ Award: Nilu Jiang from Princes Street Primary – ‘Untitled’

Department of Education Secretary’s Award: Max Swan from New Town Primary – ‘I See Myself’

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 https://www.education.tas.gov.au/students/awards-scholarships-students/young-archies-awards/.

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