Archibald Prize 2016 Exclusive Victorian Exhibition

August 2nd, 2016




Art Gallery of Ballarat  – Australia’s oldest and largest regional gallery – is proud to be the exclusive Victorian venue for the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ touring exhibition of Australia’s favourite art award, the 2016 Archibald Prize – tickets on sale now.

  • Friday 14 October to Sunday 27 November 2016
2016 Archibald prizewinning portrait, Barry, by Melbourne artist Louise Hearman.
The 2016 Archibald Prize attracted 830 entries with 51 announced as finalists.  Amongst the eighteen Victorian finalists is the 2016 winning portrait of Barry Humphries by Melbourne artist Louise Hearman.  Melbourne artist Betina Fauvel-Ogden’s portrait of George Colombaris will also be a favourite.The exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat will also feature a program of events across the six week event (to be announced in the coming weeks).  The Archibald will also take to the streets in Ballarat, with the Young Archies, with over 4,500 portraits by regional school children set to be displayed in the windows of shops and businesses across the centre of Ballarat.Prestigious and controversial, the Archibald Prize is Australia’s foremost portraiture prize. Awarded to the best painting of a notable Australian, the Archibald Prize is a who’s who of Australian culture, from politicians and celebrities to sporting heroes and artists, with $100,000 prize money awarded to the winning artist.Since its foundation in 1921, the Archibald Prize has been thrilling art enthusiasts and the general public alike, often stirring up controversy and always challenging the way we see ourselves and our society. Over the years, the prize has been awarded to many of Australia’s most prominent artists including Nora Heysen, William Dobell, Brett Whiteley, Ben Quilty, Tim Storrier and Fiona Lowry.An open competition, the Archibald Prize is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW. Entries to the Archibald Prize must be painted in the past year from at least one live sitting. Finalists are exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales before embarking on a year-long regional tour.

Tickets to the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s Archibald Prize exhibition are now on sale.

What:                Archibald Prize Touring Exhibition
When:               Friday 14 October to Sunday 27 November
Where:              Art Gallery of Ballarat – 40 Lydiard St North, Ballarat
When:               10:00am – 5:00pm
Admission:         Adult $15, Conc. $13, Student $13, Gallery Member $7.50, Child (5-16) $7.50,
Child (U5) Free, Group (10+) $10each
On sale from:     Now
Bookings:          Avoid queuing book tickets online or at the door

Victorian artist, Betina Fauvel-Ogden’s portrait of George Calombaris, masterchef was an Archibald finalist

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