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Applications for the Young Archie Competition are now open. Budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 who live in Victoria are invited to submit a portrait for the Young Archie competition as part of our family-focused activities for the 2022 Archibald Prize.

Amelie Semple, ‘The dance between life and death’, 2021.
Amelie Semple, ‘The dance between life and death’, 2021.

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.  

Age Categories

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

About your portrait subject

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.  

For schools  

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 a panel, based on merit and originality.
  • Finalists from each category will be exhibited at Bunjil Place 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.
  • Can be vertical or horizontal.
  • Must be no smaller than A4 (210 x 297 mm), no bigger than A3 (420 x 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. 

Terms and Conditions 

Please read these terms and conditions of entry. It is assumed the entrant (or where applicable the parent/guardian of the entrant) has read and accepted the terms and conditions of entry when they enter the competition. 

Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.

How to enter 

  • Fill out the online entry form which includes a brief statement (less than 100 words) telling us who you have chosen to depict and why, and upload a photo of your artwork. This online form must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian if you are 17 or below.
  • If your work is shortlisted, 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. 

Important dates

  • Entries must be submitted by Sunday 17 July 2022, 11:59pm AEST.
  • Shortlisted entries will be notified on Thursday 4 August 2022 and must deliver their work to Bunjil Place by Sunday 14 August 2022.
  • Finalists will be displayed Saturday 3 September – Sunday 16 October 2022.
  • Winners will be announced at a Prize Presentation Ceremony on Tuesday 4 October 2022.  

If you have questions or queries about Young Archie at Bunjil Place, please contact us at youngarchie@casey.vic.gov.au or call 9709 9700.

Young Archies Terms and Conditions

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