Young Archie

Young Archie website tile.jpg

Young Archie Competition – REGIONAL TOUR

Congratulations to the winners and highly commended entries to the Young Archie Competition at the Manning Regional Art Gallery. All works are on display until 21 August 2022. 

5- 8 years


Maisy Jones - Yaya 


Highly Commended

Oliver Sams - Sleepy Kid (self portrait)    


9 -12 years


Harper Patterson - My dad 


Highly Commended

Skye Anderson - My Mum on Paper                                        

Krambach School - Teacher Renae Durbin     


13- 15 years


Tilly Donovan - Tilly 


Highly Commended

Jemma Dyer - Myself 


16-18 years


Yaojingmin (Annie) Chen - Coming of Age


Highly Commended

Georgie Parkinson – Self Portrait     




About the Young Archie Competition 

click here for the Young Archie Competition Terms & Conditions(PDF, 143KB)

Calling budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 to submit a portrait for the Young Archie competition.

About your portrait subject

The portrait should be of a person who is special to you - someone who is known to you and plays a significant role in your life.

We prefer that the portrait is ‘painted from life’ and that your subject has a sitting for their portrait, like with the Archibald Prize. You may also create the portrait from memory or take your own photograph to use for reference.

There are four age categories:

  • 5-8 year olds
  • 9-12 year olds
  • 13-15 year olds
  • 16-18 year olds

We welcome entries from schools but, due to numbers, we strongly encourage you to first run your own internal competition then submit only your top works (up to 10) into the official Young Archie competition at the Gallery.


The competition will be judged by Steve Williams and Rachel Piercy, based on merit and originality.

Five finalists from each category will be exhibited at the Gallery and on the Gallery website. One winner will be chosen in each category. Each winner will receive prizes provided by ANZ.

Your artwork

  • One artwork only per entrant.
  • You may use any art materials you like but your artwork must be two-dimensional and on good-quality paper so it can be framed for display if you are a finalist.
  • Must be no smaller than A4 (210 x 297 mm), no bigger than A3 (420 x 297 mm) and no thicker than 1cm (can be vertical or horizontal)
  • Should be clearly labelled on the back, indicating which way it should be displayed, along with your name, age, address and contact details. Make sure this doesn't show through to the front.

How to enter

  • Download, print and complete the entry form(PDF, 79KB) , which includes a brief statement (less than 100 words) telling us who you have chosen to depict and why. This form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. These forms are also available at the Gallery already printed ready to be completed.
  • Your artwork should be sent flat, not folded or rolled. We suggest you place it between two pieces of cardboard to protect it.
  • If you wish your artwork returned after the competition, please also enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope of the correct size. Families submitting artwork for more than one child must enclose one envelope per artwork due to the way that entries are processed.
  • Entries can be hand delivered or mailed to:

Young Archie Competition, Manning Regional Art Gallery, 12 Macquarie Street Taree NSW 2430

Key dates

  • Competition opens Friday 22 April 2022
  • Entries must be received by 4pm Friday 17 June
  • Finalists will be notified by phone on Friday 30 June 2022
  • Finalists will be displayed Friday 8 July – Sunday 21 August 2022 at the Manning Regional Art Gallery
  • Winners of each category will be announced on Thursday 14 July 2022