Get to a gallery in August
THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE
The Archibald Prize is the portrait exhibition that stops a nation – well, a city anyway. Everyone has an opinion about who is most deserving of the $100,000 top gong within a line-up of faces familiar and not. Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000. 02 9225 1700. www.artgallery.nsw.gov. au. $0-$18. Jul 29-Oct 22.
JOHN FRIES AWARD
The $10,000 John Fries Award for emerging visual artists constitutes a handy annual round-up of the most exciting art from Australia and New Zealand, with 12 artists across a range of disciplines making the final cut for exhibition. UNSW Galleries, Oxford St, Paddington 2021. 02 8936 0888. viscopy.net.au/john-friesaward. Free. Aug 11-Sep 2.
Every year, the MCA invites an artist or curator to take the reins of its Primavera exhibition, a showcase for artists under 35. In 2017, Sophia Kouyoumdjian (of Parramatta Artist Studios) is curating around a theme of ‘Ancient Futures’. Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), 140 George St, The Rocks 2000. 02 9245 2400. mca.com. au. Free. Aug 23-Nov 19.