Mayor Yvonne Keane Congratulates Young Archie Winner Mikael Woo

Mayor Keane with Mikael Woo
Mayor Keane with Mikael Woo

Hills Shire Mayor, Councillor Yvonne Keane, congratulated Mikael Woo of Kellyville on his win in the Young Archie competition.

The Redcliff College Year 7 student took top spot in the 9-12 year old category with a painting of his father.

Mayor Keane, who presented the 12-year-old with a Mayoral Commendation Award on Tuesday, October 11, said she was impressed with his artistic capabilities.

“Mikael is only 12-years-old and I’m astounded at his sketching abilities at such a young age,” Mayor Keane said.

“There is so much joy and presence felt when you look at Mikael’s artwork, and you can see how much love he has for his father.

“I would like to congratulate Mikael on his award-winning artwork and I hope other budding artists follow in his footsteps because we have so many talented people in our Shire.”

Mikael was announced one of four winners of the 2016 Young Archie competition alongside Bella Vista resident Dilara Niriella.

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 five 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 all around Australia