Sydney Catholic Schools’ inaugural Portrait Prize is giving students from Kindergarten to Year 12 the chance to have their work displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW.

The annual Portrait Prize celebrates students’ talents, and allows students to recognise and appreciate those close to them.

Students have been invited to produce a portrait of a person who is special to them – someone who is well-known to them and who plays a significant role in their life. The 2022 theme is: Me, You, Us.

“This is an amazing opportunity for schools to showcase their student’s artwork,” said Dr Kate O’Brien, Director of Education and Research at Sydney Catholic schools.

“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.”

A virtual exhibition will be launched on Wednesday 16 March on the Sydney Catholic Schools website, and prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories:

  • 5-8 year-olds
  • 9-12 year-olds
  • 13-15 year-olds
  • 16-18 year-olds

The finalists will represent Sydney Catholic Schools in the Young Archie competition, run by the Art Gallery of NSW.

A large number of aspiring artists from across our schools have already submitted entries.

As part of the artistic process, many have reflected on culture and identity and how this is rooted in their family, school community, culture and nation.