Bald Archy re­turns to Art Space

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The Bald Archy Prize ex­hi­bi­tion will be on dis­play at Corowa Art Space from Satur­day, Septem­ber 15 un­til Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 7.

The 2017 ex­hi­bi­tion is con­tro­ver­sial, critical and above all very com­i­cal.

The Bald Archy ex­hi­bi­tion is known through­out the world for pro­vid­ing artists of all styles and stan­dards with a gen­uine op­por­tu­nity, rang­ing from the hi­lar­i­ous to the bizarrely vul­gar, to cre­ate por­trait paint­ings of hu­mour, dark satire, light com­edy, or car­i­ca­ture.

It is the only art event in the world to be judged by a sul­phur-crested cock­a­too named Maude.

The Bald Archy Art Prize, which is the sa- tir­i­cal al­ter­na­tive to its near name­sake the Archibald Prize, is now in its 24th year.

Founded by Peter Batey in 1994, the com­pe­ti­tion ac­cepts comic or satir­i­cal por­traits of dis­tin­guished Aus­tralians in art, science, let­ters, pol­i­tics, sport and the me­dia.

The Bald Archy Prize can usu­ally pin­point the Aus­tralian politi­cian who caused the big­gest stir and ruffled the most feath­ers dur­ing that year.

In the past, th­ese have been Tony Ab­bott, Jac­qui Lam­bie and Clive Palmer.

Bald Archy’s founder Peter Batey said you can usu­ally pre­dict who that might be.

“Years ago when Pauline Han­son first emerged we had some­thing like 27 Pauline Han­son’s en­tered,” he said.

“She’s the prime one this year again - with a whole cor­ner of the ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to her.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be on tour at ten lo­ca­tions through­out Aus­tralia in­clud­ing ACT, NSW, Vic­to­ria and Queens­land.

Art Space is open ev­ery day from 10am to 4pm. En­try is $5 for adults and free for chil­dren. For group book­ings and en­quiries con­tact Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil on 6033 8999.

Come along to Corowa Art Space from Septem­ber 15 to view this year’s Bald Archy Prize ex­hi­bi­tion.

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