Mayor Yvonne Keane Congratulates Young Archie Winner Dilara Niriella

Hills Shire Mayor, Councillor Yvonne Keane, congratulated Dilara Niriella of Bella Vista on her win in the Young Archie competition.

The Year 12 student took top spot in the 16-18 year old category with a painting of her father, Dr Dasmin Anupa Niriella.

Mayor Keane, who presented the 18-year-old with a Mayoral Commendation Award on Monday, October 10, said she was impressed with Dilara’s portrait.

“Dilara has done The Hills Shire proud,” Mayor Keane said.

“Her painting is magnificent. It’s powerful; it’s commanding and I’m so proud to say Dilara is from my community.

“The Young Archie Award is one of the most high profile cultural awards made annually and I encourage other young budding artists to follow in Dilara’s footsteps.”

Dilara was announced one of four winners of the 2016 Young Archie competition alongside Baulkham Hills resident Mikael Woo.

More than 2200 entries were received and all winners had their portraits put on display in the NSW Art Gallery.

The competition, which runs alongside the annual Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes, allows children and teenagers aged between 5 and 18 to create and submit a portrait of someone special in their life.

Entries were judged on merit and originality by leading Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton, Archibald Prize winner in 2008 and 2013, and Victoria Collings, the gallery’s senior coordinator of education and family programs.

The Young Archie competition aims to foster and celebrate creativity among budding young artists from around Australia.