Junior Artists on Show at the Young Archies

The 2019 Archibald Prize exhibition is coming to a close! See the artworks across two locations: The Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and the Culture Hub at Coffs Central until March 6.

The Young Archie Competition was run in conjunction with the Archibald Prize. Kids from across the Coffs Coast have been awarded for their emotive and creative portraits of loved ones.

A little girl smiling with a drawing she has done in the background.
Young Archies Winner (5-8 years) Ava Birdie Gallagher
Junior Artists on Show at the Young Archies
Young Archies Winner (9-12 years) Gabrielle Badger
A teenage girl and her mother pose for a phone photo
Young Archies Winner (14-15 years) Arlia Portus Keen
A smiling teenager girl in front of artworks
Young Archies Winner (16-18 years) Ally Cork

The portraits showcase the varied faces of the Coffs Coast ranging from parents and siblings, to best friends and teachers.

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s Ashleigh Frost, was ecstatic with the entries received saying they showed skill and emotional maturity well beyond their years.

“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.

Junior Artists on Show at the Young Archies

“As the entries came in it was really emotional to get a little glimpse into children’s worlds and what was important to them,” she notes. “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.”

See all of the images from opening night by And The Trees Photography

John Gowing and Ashleigh Frost in front of a portrait of David Wenham
John Gowing and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s Ashleigh Frost
Two women looking at a large portrait in a gallery
‘Tjuparntarri – Women’s Business’ by David Darcy
Two women smile in front of a large portrait at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
Gallery Curator Chloe Waters, Deputy Mayor Tegan Swan and Coastbeat editor Elize Strydom
A man and a woman with pink hair with large portraits in the background
Geoff Kassulke and Alyson Pearson
A group of four people standing in front of a large artwork
2019 Archibald Prize winner Tony Costa
Tony Costa addresses a crowd at art exhibition opening
Junior Artists on Show at the Young Archies

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Read more about the 2019 Archibald Prize here.