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Budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 are invited to submit a portrait for the Young Archie competition, as part of our family-focused activities for the Archibald Prize 2022 regional tour, arriving in Dubbo on 3rd June 2023.


The portrait should be of a person who is special - someone who is known and plays a significant role in your (the artists) life.

The competition will be judged by by an ANZ representative, based on merit & originality. There will be one winner for each category and each winner will receive a prize provided by ANZ.


Competition Opens

1 April 2023


Entries must be received by

30 April 2023

Young Archie Dubbo Exhibition Opens

6 May - 28 May

Official Opening & Prize Announcement

6 May, 2PM


 2021 Young Archie competition, 9–12 years finalist, Viraj Tandon, age 9, My grandfather’s secret garden (detail)



  • Complete the entry form, which includes a brief statement (less than 100 words) telling us who you have chosen to depict and why. A parent or legal guardian must sign this form.

  • 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.

  • Entries can be delivered to:


Western Plains Cultural Centre,

76 Wingewarra Street, Dubbo

10am - 4pm Daily


Wellington Library

Monday to Friday: 10 am - 5 pm

Saturday: 9:30 am - 12 pm

Cnr Percy & Maughan Streets

Wellington NSW 2820

Mailing Entries

Young Archie Dubbo Competition

Western Plains Cultural Centre,

76 Wingewarra Street, Dubbo



  • 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.

  • It 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.

  • It 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.



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. 


Scroll across to take a look at previous entrants for inspiration!!

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