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Young Archie competition

Budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 are invited to submit a portrait for the Art Gallery of NSW’s Young Archie competition, as part of our family-focused activities for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2014 exhibition.

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.

There are four age categories:

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

The competition will be judged by artist Ben Quilty, Archibald Prize winner in 2011 and now a Gallery trustee, and Victoria Collings, the Gallery’s senior coordinator of education and family programs, 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 finalist will receive an art pack from Faber-Castell, ANZ money box and Archibald 14 catalogue.

Each winner will receive a $100 ANZ Visa Debit card, an art hamper from Faber-Castell and a family pass to the upcoming Pop to popism exhibition at the Gallery as well as an ANZ money box and Archibald 14 catalogue.

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.
  • Can be vertical or horizontal.
  • Must be no smaller than A4 (210 × 297 mm), no bigger than A3 (420 × 297 mm) and no thicker than 1cm.
  • Should be clearly labelled on the back with 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, 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.
  • 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
c/o Public Programs Department
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, Sydney NSW 2000

Key dates

Competition opens Monday 31 March 2014. Entries must be received by 5pm Monday 9 June 2014. Finalists will be displayed 19 July to 28 September 2014. Winners will be announced on a date to be advised.

Entry form

Download Young Archie 2014 entry form (PDF 148.4 KB)

Full terms and conditions

1. Information on how to enter (above) forms part of the terms and conditions of entry. Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.

2. The promoter is the Art Gallery of NSW, ABN 24 934 492 575, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain NSW 2000, ph (02) 9225 1700.

3. Entry is open to all permanent residents of Australia. Employees and their immediate families of the Art Gallery of NSW and their agencies and companies associated with the promotion are ineligible to enter the competition.

4. The competition commences at 10am (AEST) on Monday 31 March 2014 and closes at 5pm (AEST) on Monday 9 June 2014.

5. Entries are limited to one artwork per entrant. Entrants found in breach of this limit will forfeit their right to compete.

6. The artwork submitted must be the original work of the entrant themselves.

7. Judging will take place between 10 June 2014 and 11 July 2014 at the Art Gallery of NSW.

8. The competition is a game of skill and chance plays no part in the selection of the winners. The theme is a portrait of a person who is special to the entrant, who is known to the entrant and who plays a significant role in their life. Submissions will be judged by Ben Quilty, artist and Art Gallery of NSW trustee, and Victoria Collings, Art Gallery of NSW senior coordinator of education and family programs, according to the following criteria:
8.1 The relevance of the submitted artwork to the theme in question, as decided by our judges.
8.2 Artistic interpretation of the theme, as decided by our judges.
8.3 Originality of the submission. Entries that are deemed to not belong to or be created by the user will not be eligible.

9. Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

10. Use of artworks and images:
10.1 By entering the competition and accepting the terms and conditions you agree your images can be broadcast via digital feeds or used for physical events by the Art Gallery of NSW, including an exhibition of finalist works at the Gallery.
10.2 Finalists (including winners) give the Art Gallery of NSW non-exclusive rights to use their submitted artwork and name in promotional formats such as announcing the finalists and winners via a media release and the Art Gallery of NSW website, Facebook page and Twitter account and in subsequent competition promotions (with attribution where reasonable). The finalists (including winners) will not be entitled to any fee for such use.

11. Use of personal information:
11.1 By entering the competition and accepting the terms and conditions, you agree that the Art Gallery of NSW may use your personal details for the purpose of conducting the competition.
11.2 By entering the competition, you give the Art Gallery of NSW permission to contact you if you are a finalist in the competition.

12. The promoter reserves the right to request finalists to provide proof of identity and winners to provide proof of residency at the nominated prize delivery address. Identification considered suitable for verification is at the discretion of the promoter.

13. The promoter shall endeavour to contact the finalists by phone or email within one week of the prize judging. In the event that a winner cannot be contacted by 5pm Sunday 28 September 2014, the prize will be forfeited by the winner.

14. The promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with any prize/s, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.

15. The promoter can take no responsibility for any loss or damage to an artwork entry while in its custody or in transit.

16. An artwork will only be returned to an entrant if a stamped self-addressed envelope has been provided at the time of entry. After 5pm Sunday 28 September 2014 the promoter may destroy or otherwise dispose of any other entry (including those of finalists and winners) in any manner it deems fit and shall be under no liability whatsoever to the entrant in respect of the artwork so destroyed or disposed of.

17. Prizes are as follows for each of the four winners: a $100 ANZ Visa Debit card, an art hamper from Faber-Castell (valued at $150), a family pass to the upcoming Pop to popism exhibition at the Gallery (valued at $50), an ANZ money box (valued at $20) and an Archibald 14 catalogue (valued at $16) – total prize value is $336. For each of the remaining 16 finalists, the prize is an art pack from Faber-Castell (valued at $25), an ANZ money box (valued at $20),and an Archibald 14 catalogue (valued at $16) – total prize value $61.

18. ANZ Visa Debit cards will be given to a parent or guardian, who may be asked to sign the card.

19. Prizes cannot be transferred. Non-cash prizes cannot be redeemed for cash. In the event that for any reason whatsoever a winner does not take an element of the prize at the time stipulated by the promoter then that element of the prize will be forfeited by the winner and cash will not be awarded in lieu of that element of the prize.

Principal sponsor ANZ
Supported by
Faber Castell

Detail from winning entry in the 2013 Young Archie age 9-12 category by Archibald Hyles, age 10