The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - STEPHANIE NEW­ING­TON

“IS that me?”

That was seven-year-old Grace Matthews’ first ques­tion when she won a Young Archies prize at the Der­went Val­ley Sci­ence Expo.

The Young Archies is a ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion mod­elled on the pres­ti­gious Archibald Prize for por­trai­ture.

Prizes were awarded for por­traits of men, women and chil­dren from artists up to Year 12 at­tend­ing a Tas­ma­nian govern­ment school.

Grace, of Glenora District School, won the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary’s Award.

“I think I got it for what I wrote about it,” said Grace, who turns eight this week.

Grace de­scribed her en­try as a colour­ful, ab­stract self­por­trait.

Grace’s mother Kathy said found out about Grace’s achievement when she re­ceived a call from her daugh­ter’s prin­ci­pal, An­drew Wood­ham.

“We didn’t even know about it be­fore,” she said.

“We kept it as a sur­prise for Grace,” grand­mother Sue Matthews said, much to Grace’s an­noy­ance.

“We’re very proud of her,” Mrs Matthews said.

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