Winners of the Young Archie Portrait Prize, held in conjunction with the 2016 Archibald Prize exhibition, were announced at a special event held at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in Windsor in July. With more than 500 entries, judge Jo Ernsten had her work cut out for her, but there were lots of prizes in three separate age categories, so the winners had plenty to smile about, including having their work professionally displayed in the Deerubbin Centre until the end of the year.
First prize: Charli Rochester; Highly Commended: Douglas Boonski, Esther Medley, Lachlan Miles.
Years 4-6 category:
First prize: Jack Douglas and Precious McDonald; Highly Commended: Grace Ashley, McKenzie Kells.
Years 7-12 category:
First prize: Amanda White; Highly Commended: Callahan Kelly, Cameron Spiteri, Chantell Butterking, Seth Stanyer.
The winners took home iPad minis, and the runners-up were presented with art packs containing all manner of art materials, making them well equipped to continue their art careers. Those who were not in attendance at the presentation are welcome to call the Gallery on 4560 4586 to arrange to collect their prizes.
Gallery curator, Diana Robson, said it was an amazing experience.
“We were thrilled to have so many of the Hawkesbury’s young people entering the competition,” she said.
All 559 works can be seen at Hawkesbury Central Library in Windsor and on the mezzanine floor of the Deerubbin Centre, along from the Gallery foyer.