Upwey Archies

See our Latest News page for 2023 Winners, Portrait Map and how to vote for the Community Favourite 

Inspired by the Archibald Prize, the Upwey Archies is an annual community portrait event organised by Upwey Community Group, in partnership with Burrinja Cultural Centre. A sensational opportunity for artists and aspiring artists in the local community to create an original artwork celebrating a person special to them, or to the Hills. Their works will be publicly displayed on the walls and windows in the Upwey, Main Street shops. 

These annual awards - Winner, Highly Commended, Heart (Encouragement) & Packing Room Awards are awarded in both the Open & Youth (14 years & under) categories. There is also a 'Community Favourite' Award with members of the community encouraged to vote for their favourite portrait. The works are judged by an art expert (last year's winner), and awards officially announced at a special celebration in the Upwey Village Square.

The Upwey Archies Portraits bring a real 'sparkle' to the village for the month. It’s heaps of fun seeing all the entries in the shop windows in Main Street every year and catching the excited comments as you walk past.

How to Enter the 2023 Upwey Archies

This exhibition is open to all. There is a registration fee of $15 (open) and $10 (14yrs & under), which includes a 20” x 16” (500 x 400mm) canvas board for the artwork to be created on. 

To register, click here to be taken to the Upwey Archies registration page on the Burrinja website. Once you have registered, collect your canvas from Burrinja, Cnr Glenfern Road and Matson Drive, Upwey VIC 3158 between August 9th - 19th. For further information, contact Toni Main at Burrinja by phone 03 9754 8723 or email ccd@burrinja.org.au

Once you have registered and collected your canvas - 

1. Create a portrait of a person that is important to you on the canvas provided. If you would like, participate in a free portraiture workshop with 2017 Open winner Alyson May at the Belgrave Library (see library website for details and bookings, places are limited).

2. Complete your Artwork Description online by following the link in your ‘confirmation of registration’ email or visit https://form.jotform.com/231638906415863

3. Complete the information on the back of your canvas.

4. Return your Archies entry (we will not accept wet or damp artwork) to Upwey Township Hall (opposite skate park) during one of the following times

• 4.30 – 6.00pm Friday 6th October

• 10.30 – 12.00noon Saturday 7th October

5. Invite your friends and family to Upwey to see your artwork on display in the Main Street of Upwey from October 13th to November 9th. As part of the opening celebrations, experience the Children Talking Art panel discussion on Saturday14th October with previous Upwey Archies youth winners (head to yourlibrary.com.au for details)

6. Attend the award presentation ceremony, 7pm Friday November 10th at the Upwey Township Hall.

7. Collect your artwork from Burrinja between November 15th – 25th. No responsibility will be taken for works not collected by this date.

Conditions of Entering the Upwey Archies

• The portrait must be created on the canvas provided.

• Artworks must be in 2D form such as painting, print-making, drawing, collage etc.

• Completed artworks must be returned to the Upwey Township Hall during the return period. Late works will not be included.

• Ensure the work is dry before returning it, we will not accept wet or damp artwork.

• The application fee of $15 (or $10 for 14yrs & under) is not refundable.

• The exhibition coordinators and participating traders will take every care in handling the artwork but are in no way responsible for damage, theft or loss.

• Artists agree that Upwey Community Group and Burrinja have the right to reproduce any artwork submitted in any way.

• It is up to the exhibition organisers to decide onto which wall/window each work will be displayed.

• Exhibition organisers reserve the right to not display an artwork.

• A limit of 10 submissions per group or organisation (including schools).

• Artworks will be judged on artistic merit and community spirit (heart award).

As there is limited display space, only one artwork per artist will be exhibited

Please check the Upwey Archies Facebook page for regular updates or contact us by email if you have any queries.