17 March 2010 Story and Photos: MiSociety
The ‘Archie’ is on the rise along with the Sulman and Wynne
The Archibald Art Prize originated in 1921 and is the oldest and most prestigious portraiture art prize in Australia, with the finalists list and the Packers Prize eagerly awaited each year. The Packing Room Prize was won this year by Nafisa for her portrait of Glenn A. Baker titled ‘Glenn in black and white’. This prize is judged by the ‘packers’, led by Steve Peters, who process the artists’ paintings on arrival at the AGNSW.
Recent studies have shown that the rise in popularity of art within the community is growing rapidly and this fact was reinforced this year by the huge media scrum in attendance for the announcement of the Packer’s Prize winner, the Archibald list of finalists as well as the finalists for the Wynne and Sulman Art Prizes.
The first Archibald announcements have always attracted a good media presence. Not anymore. Seems every media outlet in Australia was represented with enough photographic, video and sound recording equipment to fill a JB Hi Fi store. With the plethora of diversions available in today’s society it was especially gratifying to witness this phenomenon.
The winner of the 2010 Archibald Prize will be announced on 26 March and will likely herald an even bigger media call out.
If you’ve never viewed the ‘Archie’ see what all the fuss is about and take yourselves along to the AGNSW to view the Archibald – but plan to spend the day as this world class gallery holds an abundance of artistic treasures to behold.
Lists of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Finalists
Details of how you can view the Archibald in Sydney and regional areas
The what, who, rules of the Archibald Art Prize.
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