Archibald Prize Exhibition

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Grand Canal Dr, Sale VIC 3850, Australia
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Daily until November 21



In 2021 the Gippsland Art Gallery are delighted to bring the Archibald Prize to Gippsland for the very first time.

The Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is the country’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture―from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.

This year marks 100 years of Australia’s oldest and most-loved portrait award. For the first time, there is gender parity for artists selected as Archibald finalists: 26 women and 26 men. Female sitters outnumber the men (although that is not a first). It is also the first time there have been more works by women than men in the combined Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition.

In the centenary year of the Archibald, a portrait by Peter Wegner of 100-year-old artist Guy Warren (himself an Archibald winner in 1985) took out the prize. This year’s ‘Packing Room Prize’ was taken out by Kathrin Longhurst for her portrait of singer Kate Ceberano.

The 2021 Archibald Prize will spread through three Gallery spaces while at Gippsland. Complementing the exhibition will be a range of special events and activities unique to Gippsland, including regular weekend talks by the finalists and opportunities to create your own masterpiece.

The Friends of the Gallery will host an exclusive Saturday night cocktail party and a screening of Looby, a new documentary about past Archibald Prize winning artist Keith Looby. The Gallery Foundation will host its own launch party, while everyday visitors to the exhibition will get to experience The Dock Espresso Bar’s new ‘pop up’ café alongside the Port of Sale. A special ‘Archibald Bus’ will ferry visitors around Sale, as well as to and from Sale Station, and let’s not forget the ‘Young Archie’ competition for emerging artists from across the Shire.

Regular visitors and first-time visitors alike will discover much to see and do, notwithstanding the Archibald Prize exhibition itself! And don’t forget to cast your vote in the Gippsland ‘People’s Choice’ for your favourite Archibald finalist.

Throughout the Exhibition opening, the Port of Sale - and Gippsland Art Gallery itself will operate extended hours to ensure that you can come along and experience this fantastic event. Check out the dedicated website Archibald Prize Gippsland for all the info you'll need, booking your tickets and much more.




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