It was my pleasure today to announce the winners of this year’s Young Archies Awards.

The Young Archies provides a wonderful opportunity for students from Kindergarten to Year 12 to experience participating in an impressive art exhibition.

The arts provide students with so many benefits, such as exploring and communicating meaning, promoting emotional intelligence, and developing innovative thinking, all of which provide a strong foundation for important life skills.

The Young Archies Prize is a wonderful initiative that places high value on all the benefits a creative life can bring.

This year saw 66 schools from across the State participate with 567 entries from students received from Cape Barren Island, Wynyard, Swansea, Bicheno and Bruny Island to name a few.

The awards are presented in year categories, for the best portrait of a person the artists know personally, created by a student from Kindergarten to Year 12 in a Tasmanian Government School or college, over the past 12 months.

Due to COVID-19, the Young Archies Awards will go virtual this year on Monday 6 September 2021, with a virtual expedition as follows:

In addition to the virtual exhibition, a touring display of the 2021 Young Archies Awards recipients will be shown around the State:

  • Hobart Library – Tuesday 07 September to Saturday 18 September 2021
  • Launceston Library – Tuesday 21 September to Saturday 02 October 2021
  • Burnie Library – Tuesday 05 October to Saturday 16 October 2021

Congratulations to the winners and all students who participated in this year’s awards, and I encourage everyone to jump online and view the virtual expedition.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts