Young Archies 2021

Saturday, 2 Jan 2021 9:00 am - Sunday, 28 Feb 2021 5:00 pm

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Portraits must be submitted digitally online and must be accompanied with an artist statement – this is the story of the relationship between the artist and their subject.
Only the selected 24 finalists will be asked to send or deliver their original artwork to the Gallery.
The portrait must be of a person who is special to you – someone who is known to you and who knows you and plays a significant role in your life

Entrants must reside in the Cairns Regional Council Shire.
Prizes are provided with thanks to sponsor ANZ bank.

The artwork

  • One artwork only per entrant.
  • Must be on paper (NOT board).
  • Must be unmounted and unframed.
  • Must be no smaller than A4 (210 × 297 mm) and no bigger than A3 (420 × 297 mm).
  • Can be vertical or horizontal.
  • Any art materials or combination of art materials may be used (eg paint, pencil, pastels, paper collage) but the artwork must be two-dimensional.


Preparing the artwork for entry

  • Fill in and submit the entry form online. Which must be signed by a parent or guardian
  • All entries are to be submitted digitally online, the 24 finalists will be chosen and asked to send or deliver their entry to the Gallery.
  • Clearly label the back of the artwork with which way it should be displayed, along with name, age, address and contact details. Make sure this doesn’t show through to the front.
  • Do NOT roll or fold the artwork. We suggest placing it between two pieces of cardboard to protect it and keep it flat.

Mail or deliver entries to:
Young Archie competition
Cairns Art Gallery
PO BOX 7784, CAIRNS QLD 4870
Cnr Shields & Abbott St, Cairns


Finalists from each category will be exhibited at the Court House at the Cairns Gallery Precinct and on the Gallery website. 

One winner will be chosen in each category.

Artworks that received an honourable mention are displayed on the Gallery website


Each of the four winners will receive: a gift card of $200 from ANZ and an Archibald 20 catalogue (valued at $16) – total prize value is $216.


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. 

Entries to the 2021 competition will be judged by Gallery Director Andrea May Churcher and artist Andrew Bonneau, himself an Archibald Prize finalist, according to the following criteria: the relevance of the submitted artwork to the theme, as decided by the judges; artistic interpretation of the theme, as decided by the judges; originality of the submission.

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I hereby agree to to enter the 2021 Young Archies Competition to be held at the Cairns Art Gallery