Mayday call on ‘Bald Archy’
BEECHWORTH’S Mayday Hills Art Society members and friends made an excursion to the ‘Bald Archy Prize’ exhibition in Corowa last week.
The show did not disappoint with society participants thoroughly enjoying the humour, wit and irreverence of the art works.
The touring exhibition was created in 1994 as a spoof of the Archibald Prize – the country’s leading competition for portraiture – and has provided artists of all styles and standards with a genuine opportunity to create portraits of humour, dark satire, light comedy or caricature.
This year’s winner of the $10,000 ‘Bald’ prize was a caricature of Australian cricketer David Warner by James Brennan, titled ‘Pocket Rocket’.
Winning subjects in other years have included Kerry Packer, Amanda Vanstone, Edmund Capon, Shane Warne, Dame Edna Everage, John Howard and Pauline Hanson, Robbie and Gai Waterhouse, Rupert Murdoch, Jeff Kennett, Cardinal George Pell, Tony Abbott, and Ian Thorpe.
The excursion group later went to Pickled Sisters café at Wahgunyah’s Cofield winery.
The exhibition is open daily 10am-4pm at Corowa Art Space, Civic Centre, 100 Edwards Street. For information call 02 6033 8964.
VISUAL: Merv McDougal, Jenny Waldren and Barb Lowery also made the excursion.
INSIGHT: Tina Fraser and Kyli Vasey enjoyed the humour of the ‘Bald Archy’ works.