Arch’s Archie 2019 winners announced

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Arch’s Archie 2019 winners announced
Overall Arch's Archie winner Sacred Heart College student Erika with her painting of St Mary of the Cross and Archbishop Julian

The winners of the 2019 Arch’s Archie – a statewide religious art competition open to students in Tasmanian Catholic schools – have been announced.

Originally held in honour of the canonisation of Australia's first saint, St Mary of the Cross, the art competition has returned this year after several years' absence.

Students were invited to create artworks on the biblical theme, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few,’ choosing as subjects inspiring people of faith who have worked to build a more just and loving world.

Twenty-seven original artworks were selected for entry in this year’s competition, and were judged by Vicar General Fr Michael Tate (representing Archbishop Julian), and Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Reuben Oates.

Portrait subjects ranged from missionary to the poor, Mother Teresa, to the current Holy Father; pioneering religious founder, St Mary of the Cross, to inspirational advocate and educator, Helen Keller.

Mr Oates was impressed with the different media and styles of the artworks, and the level of skill on display.

“I think this [the exhibition] is years beyond where I was…at that age. It’s great to see the interpretation and different use of medium…fantastic,” he said.

Archbishop Julian announced the winners at a special event held at the diocesan centre in New Town late last month.

“I am aware of the fact that young people across our schools have put an enormous amount of thought and effort, and used their skills to produce all works that have been produced,” His Grace said.

“I’d like to acknowledge and congratulate all the students who have made an effort…bringing their skills of drawing, colour and composition to bear.”

Mr Oates had the following advice to students studying art, or wanting to pursue a career as an artist:

“Just be confident in what you do, and eventually you might find your career path – which I’ve been lucky to do. Keep painting or drawing or sketching, whatever it may be, in school and at home.” 

The exhibition will remain at the diocesan centre until August 16.

The 2019 winners of the Arch's Archie

Senior Secondary category: Winner of the Senior Secondary category is Dominic College student Shakirra. Her artwork is a graphite and paper collage depicting St John Bosco.

Junior Secondary category: Jack from St Aloysius Catholic College (right, and pictured with Archbishop Julian), took out first place in the Junior Secondary category with a digital image entitled ‘Light and Dark’.

Overall winner, and winner of the Upper Primary category: An acrylic painting of St Mary MacKillop by Sacred Heart College student Erika (right, and pictured with Archbishop Julian), was judged the overall winner of the 2019 Arch’s Archie. Erika’s artwork also came first in the Upper primary category.

Lower Primary category: St Aloysius Catholic College student Madelyn (right, and pictured with Archbishop Julian) is the winner of the Lower primary category, with her watercolour painting titled ‘Mary Our Mother’.

The Packer’s Prize: Stella Maris Catholic primary school student Ciara was awarded ‘The Packer’s Prize’ for her pencil and charcoal drawing of Pope Francis.

Voting for the People's Choice Award is still open.