Local Artist Chosen as Finalist in the 2024 Young Archie Awards

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Written By Kelly Walker

Have you dreamed of having your very own artwork hanging on the walls of one of the largest art galleries in all of Australia? 

For budding artist, Emilia Clarkson, that dream has come true as she’s been selected as a finalist in the Young Archie national portrait competition run by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

With over 4000 entries in the 2024 competition, Emilia was selected as one of only 20 finalists in her age category. As such, her portrait will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from June through September, alongside the work of adult artists who have been selected for the prestigious Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes. 

Under the guidance of Gabrielle Turnbull, founder of Art So Lively art academy, Emilia has been taking classes since 2021 and took part in Gabrielle’s portraiture intensive workshop in January where her selected portrait was created. 

“I designed the workshop with the main goal of creating portraits that ticked all of the entry criteria boxes,” Gabrielle said. “I then encouraged students to enter their portraits, which about six did. I was thrilled when I heard the news that Emilia’s entry had been selected.”

Although the incredibly talented year seven student never expected to be a finalist, she was delighted when she heard the news. 

“I was totally surprised at first, but then very happy,” Emilia said. “I have a passion for art as it makes me happy, helps me to relax, and I love using my creativity to express myself.”

Gabrielle echoed Emilia’s points about how artistic pursuits can benefit other areas of wellbeing.

“I have been practising, teaching and exhibiting art for over four decades and know how art can be meditative and elevate mood,” she said. “It not only enhances creativity but can also assist with problem-solving and academic performance.”

Emilia and her family are planning to travel to the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the awards ceremony on 27 July where the winners will be announced live. 

“I want to congratulate Emilia and all of the other Art So Lively students who entered the Young Archie this year,” Gabrielle said. “Creating art is such a fun and beautiful thing to do –  great work!”

For more information on the competition and to see Emilia’s artwork, visit here.

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