Young Archies Awards

The 2021 Young Archies award winners have been announced! 

Based on the famous Archibald Prize, the Young Archies Awards is a portrait competition open to all students in Department of Education schools and colleges. 

Awards are presented in year categories for the best portrait of a person created by a student during the 12 months before the closing date. 

Portraits can be in any 2D media, such as a drawing, painting or collage, and must be of someone personally known to the student. 

Entries for this year’s competition closed on Friday 6 August 2021.   

Winners were announced on Saturday 4 September at Hobart Town Hall:  



2021 Young Archies Virtual Exhibition 

All entries received in this year’s competition can be viewed in the 2021 Young Archies Virtual Exhibition.   


Viewing the virtual exhibition 

Move around the space by clicking on the floor, or the map in the bottom-left corner. 

  • Clicking on the artwork will bring up the title of the portrait, the artist’s name, school and the description of their piece. 
  • If you click, hold and drag the mouse you can swivel around to see more. This comes in handy when moving around corners! 
  • For further information click the ‘i’ button located in the top-right corner. 
  • Artwork has been placed in alphabetical order according to the student’s first name, starting on the left wall of each ‘hallway’ and then to the right. 


While you are visiting the virtual exhibition, don’t forget to write down the details of your favourite artwork and vote in the 2021 Young Archies People’s Choice Award (one vote per person). 


Voting closes on Sunday 17 October 2021, and the winner will be announced on Friday 22 October 2021. 


2021 Young Archies Awards – Travelling Exhibition: 

The artwork of the 2021 Young Archies Awards prize winners will be displayed in a travelling exhibition around Tasmania.   

They will be at the following locations: 

  • Hobart Library Tuesday 07 September – Saturday 18 September 2021 (1st Floor) 
  • Launceston Library Tuesday 21 September – Saturday 02 October 2021 (Learn Floor – Level 2) 
  • Devonport Library Tuesday 05 October – Saturday 16 October 2021 (1st Floor) 


Please check for directions and library opening times. 


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