The winning artists of Sydney Catholic Schools’ inaugural Portrait Prize have been announced and will now have their work displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW.

The four inaugural Portrait Prize winners are:

  • 5-8 year-olds – Grace MacFarlane – St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Sutherland
  • 9-12 year-olds – Sofia Pirrello – St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Oatley
  • 13-15 year-olds – Tatum O’Connor – Mount St Joseph College, Milperra
  • 16-18 year-olds – Silaar Gorbthum – Freeman Catholic College, Bonnyrigg

The Portrait Prize attracted a strong field of 211 entries from talented young artists in Kindergarten through to Year 12.  

The annual Portrait Prize gives students the chance to recognise and appreciate someone well-known to them and who plays a significant role in their life by paying them one of the highest compliments – painting or drawing their portrait.

The theme for the inaugural Portrait Prize was: Me, You, Us. 

Dr Kate O’Brien, Director of Education and Research at Sydney Catholic Schools, said there was an extremely high level of artistic talent among the entries. 

“We were incredibly excited to see what artworks our students were going to produce and we certainly were not disappointed,” Dr O’Brien said. 

“Congratulations to our four inaugural winners on a fantastic achievement – they will now represent Sydney Catholic Schools in the Young Archie competition, which is run by the Art Gallery of NSW.”  

“The Portrait Prize is aligned with syllabus outcomes, and learning modules have been developed to be used remotely or face-to-face to help inform student learning,” Dr O’Brien added.

Each year entrants’ works will be exhibited in a virtual gallery on the Sydney Catholic Schools’ website, and prizes will be awarded in all age categories.

You can view the winners’ artworks, and all 211 of our entrants’ amazing depictions of the important people in their lives, in this online exhibition below: