The Young Archie Competition has been run and won in Coffs Harbour, with kids from across the region awarded for their emotive and creative portraits of loved ones.
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s Ashleigh Frost, was ecstatic with the entries received from kids aged 5-18 years, showing skill and emotional maturity well beyond their years. The portraits showcase the varied faces of the Coffs Coast ranging from parents and siblings, to best friends and teachers. Each portrait tells a story of the young artist’s relationship to a person important to them.
“We were blown away with the diversity of the styles that really showed the way the students were looking and responding to their chosen subjects,” explains Ashleigh.
“As the entries came in it was really emotional to get a little glimpse into children’s worlds and what was important to them. Evident across many of the works was a response to COVID including adopting a dog, spending time with grandparents and activities at home. We also saw some self-portraits with students reflecting inwardly on their own qualities.”
Judging the creations were local Artist and Educator, Tori Donnelley, Art Therapist, Emma Gentle, and Tiffany Townsend, from the official sponsor, ANZ Coffs Harbour. ANZ provided a $50 cash prize to each of the award winners and Coffs Central are also sponsors of the exhibition.
The Young Archie 2019 award winners for the Coffs Coast are: Ava Gallagher for 5-8yrs; Gabrielle Badger for 9-12yrs; Arlia Portus Keen for 13-15yrs; and Ally Cork for 16-18 years. Highly commended awards go to Audrey James, Evie Henderson, Jude Moore, Tanisha Stainsby, Rory Osmond, Isabella de Roy-Blair and Kristabella Badman.
Visit the Coffs Coast’s Young Archie exhibition with all entries shown right alongside the Archibald Prize 2019 at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and Culture Hub in Coffs Central, until March 6, 2021.