National Portrait Gallery

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize

Calling all teachers! Tell your students to get their pencils sharpened, brushes loose and cameras ready, ‘cause there’s a new portrait prize in town!

Awards & Prizes

Opportunity Details

Closing Date

Oct 8, 2021


Australian Capital Territory


Visual Arts

Little Darlings is only for students, with four separate categories across Kindergarten to Year 12. Responding to the theme ‘identity’, students can paint, draw, photograph, print or combine all of these to make their portrait. We’re just keen to see what they come up with. Three winners will be chosen from each category by a panel of judges including our Director, Karen Quinlan AM.

Sound fun and exciting? How about this too?

  • The twelve winning artworks will be framed by our Preparator and be on display in the Gallery alongside the Darling Portrait Prize in 2022.
  • Our Imaging and Digitisation guru will photograph the works, which will be used to create a calendar designed by our Creative Manager.
  • The calendars will be available online, in the Portrait Gallery store and in the mailboxes of the twelve winners!

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