The Keirabald is an annual exhibition of portraits by students in years 5, 6 and 7 across a number of inner city Wollongong schools. The exhibition emulates the Archibald Prize and normally runs at the same time. Unlike the Archibald, however, the Keirabald has a theme each year; the theme for 2020 is Me and Mine. Students have interpreted this in a number of delightful and interesting ways.
In preparing for the competition, students from Years 5 and 6 at Balgownie, Coniston, Mt Ousley, and Wollongong public schools, along with students in Year 7 from Keira High School, investigated the Archibald Prize, studied portraiture and experimented with media to create their own portrait.
Each school then held its own exhibition and from this up to 20 finalists were selected for the competition. Like the Archibald Prize, works were then judged by a panel of people with wide experience in the art world. This process generated much discussion until a winner and a highly commended work from each of the years was decided.
Coco T achieved a Highly commended for her portrait while Zahi W and Alfie H were finalists in the judging rounds. Congratulations to these students and all entrants. The artworks produced were nothing short of amazing!