Ten-year-old Archibald Hyles, named among the first winners of the newly created Young Archibald prize, revealed his artist mother named him on a hunch he might one day win the famous portrait competition. “She’s a good fortune teller,” smiled the blond-haired farmer’s son from Bookham in the Yass-Gundagai region of NSW.
“She told me I got my name because she thought I might win it,” he said as his proud mum, artist Stephanie Hyles looked on with father Richard, the subject of his winning entry in the 9-12 age group. The big prize awaits, but little did his mum know her dream would come at least partly true inside a decade.
Archie said he painted his dad because “he’s always happy and he always encourages me in what I do, like motorbike riding and playing rugby”.
“You will go down in history as the first winners,” NSW Art Gallery director Michael Brand told Archie and three young Sydney-based winners – seven-year-old Liam Williamson of Peakhurst, 13-year-old Max Fontaine of Waverley and 17-year-old St George Girls High student Angela Yang.
Zac’s Place drop in centre in Yass staged a brilliant music night for the youth of Yass on Saturday evening 11th May. There’s a plan to do another one in July so if you want to know about it head to the www.zacsplaceinc.org or to their Facebook page. You’ll also find lots of photos from Saturday nights festivities!