Calling all young artists! As part of the 2021 Archibald Prize exhibition coming to the Penrith Regional Gallery 20 November 2021 to 9 January 2022, the Gallery will be hosting the Young Archie Penrith Regional Gallery – an exhibition of portraits by young people from the local community in the Penrith and Blue Mountains suburbs, aged 5 – 18 years.
This is an exciting opportunity for young people to celebrate their art skills while also honouring that special someone in their life.
From now until 7 November, young artists are invited to submit a portrait of someone who is special to them and plays a significant role in their life. Artworks can be posted to the following address:
Two-time Archibald Prize finalist Julia Ciccarone has been awarded the 2021 ANZ People’s Choice award for her self-portrait The sea within, painted at home during the 2020 Melbourne lockdown in response to ‘radical changes affecting culture and nature’.
Based in Alphington, Victoria, the artist painted herself lying barefoot, with wet hair and clutching paint brushes in her hand, wrapped in a blanket from her childhood, and resting her head on a suitcase her father brought to Australia from Italy when he migrated in the 1950s.
Speaking from home, once again in lockdown, Ciccarone said she is humbled and astounded to have received this year’s ANZ People’s Choice award.