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The Bald Archy Awards 2011 at TAP Gallery

April 18, 2011toMay 15, 2011


Bald Archy Prize winner Xavier Ghazi for Bad Ass…ange.  View Bad Ass…ange and all the finalists of the 2011 Bald Archies at TAP Gallery – we promise you a huge smile and likely a good belly laugh.

  • Opening Tuesday 19 April 2011, 6pm 
  • Exhibition runs 18 April – 15 May 2011

The Bald Archy Prize was founded in 1994 in a small village outside Gundagai, by experienced arts administrator and successful theatre director, Peter Batey OAM, as part of an arts festival named the Coolac Festival of Fun, to avoid discrimination by those afraid of a cultural image.

Ron Radford commented, not long after he was appointed Director of the National Gallery of Australia, on the country’s most noted portrait competition, “Let’s not kid ourselves the Archibald is about art. The Archibald isn’t (the AGNSW’s) most important exhibition, just their most important circus.”
For 17 years, Peter Batey has been making the same point with the Bald Archy, but perhaps more vividly.

“The nation is awash with art competitions and prizes,” he says. “So much so that it’s got to the stage where if you haven’t won one, even at the local country show, you are regarded as being at the bottom of the heap”.
The exhibition will be on view at the TAP Gallery  18th April – 15th May 2011.

TAP Gallery
45 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
Daily:  Noon – 6pm 19 April – 15 may
02 9361 0440
Admission: $10 (covers drinks and food)