Tamworth’s Danielle Bishop has been named a winner of the Young Archies at a ceremony at the Tamworth Regional Gallery on Thursday afternoon.
The Oxley High student was awarded the top prize in the 13-15 year category, while two Armidale students and a Scone student took out the other age groups.
Martin’s Gully pupil Charlotte McRae won the 5-8 years, while Scone High’s Eleanor Wyndham took out the 9-12 category and TAS student Reiley Oates the 16-18 years.
Meanwhile, fellow Oxley High students Ashleigh Aitkin and Alana Swain were recognised with highly commended honours, as was Tamworth Public School’s Carlos Rahui.
Based on the prestigious Archibald Prize, “the Young Archie provides children and young people with the opportunity to exhibit”, according to gallery director Bridget Guthrie.
Ms Guthrie also acted as a judge, alongside regional Archibald Prize finalist David Darcy, and CEO of Arts North West Caroline Downer.
“Artworks have been selected on merit and originality,” Ms Guthrie.
“We kindly thank all the schools and the students for their contributions.”
The Young Archie’s program is part of the Archibald Prize Regional Tour, and saw the local gallery challenge budding artists “to submit a portrait of a ‘special person’ in their lives.”
The exhibition is open until January 27.
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