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Angus McDonald and his subject Behrouz Boochani Pic Damien. McDonald

Six-time Archibald Prize finalist Angus McDonald has been awarded the 2020 ANZ People’s Choice award for his portrait of Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish-Iranian writer, poet, filmmaker and journalist.

The artist, who is based in Lennox Head, NSW, first made contact with Boochani in 2018, while he was creating his award-winning short film Manus (2019) about Manus Island, where Boochani was held by the federal government for over six years as a refugee.

McDonald said he is thrilled and humbled that his portrait, Behrouz Boochani has received this year’s ANZ People’s Choice award.

“It’s the highest compliment to receive the vote of the public, for me as the artist but I suspect even more for Behrouz, who despite never even setting foot on the mainland, has earned the respect, admiration and even the love of so many Australians for his writing, his art, and his tireless struggle against captivity until he got to New Zealand last year,” said McDonald. Continue reading ARCHIBALD PRIZE ANZ PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER: ANGUS MCDONALD


The Art Gallery of New South Wales is delighted to announce the winners of the eighth annual Young Archie competition, which celebrates the creativity of young artists from around Australia.

Inspired by the Archibald Prize, the Young Archie competition invites children and teenagers aged five to 18 to submit a portrait of someone who is special to them and plays a significant role in their life.

The 2020 Young Archie competition winners for each age category are (click on the writing in green to see the portrait as well as reading some background to the portrait) :

• 5-8 years category: Gabrielle Guo, 7, Carlingford, NSW, for a portrait of her sister
• 9-12 years category: Ian Joseph Kim, 9, Lidcombe, NSW, for a portrait of his father

• 13-15 years category: Lily Hobbs, 14, Kedron, QLD, for a portrait of her sister
• 16-18 years category: James Stibilj, 18, Wahroonga, NSW, for a portrait of his sister

More than 1800 entries were received in the 2020 Young Archie competition, which were judged by guest judge, Western Sydney based artist and winner of the 2020 Sulman PrizeMarikit Santiago, and Art Gallery of NSW family programs manager Victoria Collings. Continue reading YOUNG ARCHIE 2020 WINNERS ANNOUNCED