Get ready: the 2015 Archibald Prize is coming to Armidale! The Archibald Prize is Australia’s foremost portraiture competition. High profile, eagerly anticipated and often controversial, the Archibald Prize for portraiture dates back 94 years: it was established in 1921 from a bequest made by J.F. Archibald.
Awarded to the best painting of a notable Australian, the Archibald Prize is a who’s who of Australian culture, from politicians to celebrities and from sporting heroes to artists. The Archibald Prize awards $100,000 prize money for the winning artist. Entries must be painted in the past year from at least one live sitting. Each year, the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW judge the Archibald Prize. This is a unique opportunity for regional audiences to experience and enjoy the Archibald prize in their local community.
This year, subjects include famous Australians such as: Paul Kelly, Jenny Kee, Daniel Johns , Charles Waterstreet and Michael Caton.
When: Friday 20 November at 6pm
Where: New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale
Tickets: Adult $10, Concession $5, Under 18 – Free
We are also opening four other exhibitions on Friday night: Imagining Space, a collaboration with local architects and designers; Open House – NERAM’s art class postcard show and Moving House, a collaboration between artistic husband and wife Peter and Susan O’Doherty.