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The Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize

Calling on schools nationwide to participate in a new national portrait prize!

With the keen vision and bold idealism of young people an ever-inspiring antidote to the world’s ills, the National Portrait Gallery seeks entries to an exciting new venture – The Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize – to be held in 2021.

The inaugural Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize (LDYPP) exhibition will be held in autumn 2021, inspired by both the Portrait Gallery’s Darling Portrait Prize for painting and National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Theme

The theme for LDYPP 2021 will be: Exploring identity

What is it to be Australian?  How can you express identity through a portrait? Is identity rooted in family, community, culture or nation, or something else altogether?

Entry criteria

There are four age categories for entry:

  • 5-7 years;
  • 8-11 years;
  • 12-15 years;
  • 16-18 years.

Schools may select up to five entries per age category for submission.

Finalists

There will be twelve finalists, selected from across the age categories.

The finalists will:

  • have their works exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and online;
  • have their works published in a specially designed calendar; and
  • win a bespoke National Portrait Gallery workshop or online Virtual Excursion for their school.

Art arbiters

The inaugural LDYPP judges will be: Karen Quinlan AM, Director of the National Portrait Gallery; an educator from the Gallery’s Access and Learning team; and a specially invited guest portrait artist!       

Seize the easel!

Don’t delay: get your students creating portraits for entry into this exhilarating new exhibition for young people at Australia’s home of portraiture.

Entries open 1 June 2020 and close 15 October 2020

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.