Archibald Prize at Gee­long

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Gee­long Gallery is host­ing the tour­ing exhibition of Australia’s best-known art award, the “Archibald Prize”. This year’s prize at­tracted 822 en­tries from which 43 fi­nal­ist por­traits were se­lected. The prize was won by Mitch Cairns for his por­trait of part­ner and artist Agatha GotheS­nape. His work and that of other fi­nal­ists are on dis­play in Gee­long. Pres­ti­gious and con­tro­ver­sial, the “Archibald Prize” is Australia’s fore­most por­trai­ture prize. It’s awarded to the best paint­ing of a no­table Aus­tralian and thus is a who’s who of Aus­tralian cul­ture, from politi­cians and celebri­ties to sport­ing he­roes and artists. On­go­ing, Gee­long Gallery, Lit­tle Malop Street, Gee­long. 5229 3645. gee­long­gallery.org.au

To­lai Men and their sa­cred tubuan ob­jects per­form­ing a rit­ual Ki­nawai dance cer­e­mony in the early hours of the morn­ing on “a Bit na Ta” (Blanche Bay). Photo: G Kak­abin.

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