23 June 2021


Ms JODIE HARRISON (Charlestown) — Young Charlestown-based artists Ruby and Lily Buckton are identical twin sisters—and Ruby's portrait of Lily has been selected as a finalist for the 2021 Young Archies prize. This is the fourth year the girls have entered the prize. In the past, they have chosen different people to paint for their entries. This year, however, the twins decided to paint each other: Ruby painted a portrait of Lily, and Lily painted a portrait of Ruby. While Lily's work was not selected as a finalist, she told the ABC "for this year's prize, I drew Ruby and Ruby drew me so it's hard to tell the difference between who drew who and who was the artist." The Young Archies have been run in conjunction with the Archibald, Sulman and Wynne prizes for the last eight years, and the finalists' works are displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW. I encourage everyone to visit the Gallery and view the finalists. Our State is home to such extraordinary artistic talent, and I am so proud of both Ruby and Lily for representing Charlestown. I wish them all the best in their artistic endeavours.

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