Young Archies Awards

About the Young Archies

Based on the famous Archibald Prize, the Young Archies Awards is an annual 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, like a drawing, painting, or collage, and are of someone personally known to the student.

2021 Young Archies Awards

Entries in the 2021 competition closed on Friday, 6 August 2021.

Award winners were announced at a ceremony in Hobart on Saturday, 4 September 2021:

2021 Overall Primary (K-6) Winner

Harry Gowans, Princes Street Primary – ‘Father Dearest’

2021 Overall Secondary (7-12) Winner

Katriel Sayer, Elizabeth College – ‘Zac’

2021 People’s Choice Award

Voting for the People’s Choice Award finished on Friday, 17 October 2021. Congratulations to Amy-Lee from Warrane Primary School for winning this year’s People’s Choice Award for her self-portrait titled “Amy”.

2021 Young Archies Virtual Exhibition

All entries received in the 2021 competition can be viewed in a virtual exhibition. Each category has its own gallery:


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 description of their artwork.
  • 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.

Previous Winners: