Bald Archy Prize at­tracts big crowd

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

THOU­SANDS of vis­i­tors headed to Swan­pool for the an­nual Bald Archy Prize ex­hi­bi­tion held in the ru­ral ham­let’s memo­rial hall as part of its Visual Arts Festival.

In ad­di­tion to the satir­i­cal art ex­hi­bi­tion, the town­ship also hosted ex­hi­bi­tions from the Be­nalla Cam­era Club and the Bro­ken River Pain­ters and in­vited artists.

Event co-or­di­na­tor Barry O’Con­nor said the com­bined ex­hi­bi­tions at­tracted over 3700 peo­ple to Swan­pool, with vis­i­tors very im­pressed with the range of works on dis­play.

The din­ing room also proved pop­u­lar, with close to 2600 meals be­ing served dur­ing the 16 days of the event.

Bald Archy Prize cre­ator Peter Batey said that the 2017 ex­hi­bi­tion was one of the bet­ter ex­hi­bi­tions in the 24 year his­tory of the prize, a state­ment con­firmed by the large num­ber of en­tries re­ceiv­ing high vote counts in the “Peo­ple’s Choice” award.

New­cas­tle artist Judy Nadin was very pop­u­lar with vis­i­tors, scor­ing both first and sec­ond place in the Peo­ple’s Choice award, her portrait “Choir Boy” de­pict­ing Jimmy Barnes in full flight win­ning with 14 per cent of the to­tal vote, while her de­pic­tion of Magda Szuban­ski as “Queen of Smarts” took out sec­ond place with 12 per cent of the vote.

All funds raised from the Swan­pool Bald Archy Prize ex­hi­bi­tion are dis­trib­uted to lo­cal not-for-profit com­mu­nity groups and projects.

CHOIR BOY: A portrait of Jimmy Barnes by Judy Nadin has taken out the Peo­ple’s Choice award in the Bald Archy Prize ex­hi­bi­tion in Swan­pool.

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