Bald Archy Prize attracts big crowd
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.