THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE WOWS WINDSOR
Hawkesbury residents and visitors are flocking to the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in Windsor to see Australia’s most popular art exhibition, the 2016 Archibald Prize, which runs until Sunday, 2 July 2017.
Awarded to the best painting of a notable Australian, the Archibald Prize is a who’s who of Australian culture, from politicians and celebrities to sporting heroes and artists. The Prize awards $100,000 prize money for the winning artist and finalists are exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales before embarking on a year-long regional tour.
EXTENDED OPENING HOURS
For this exhibition the Gallery is open every day 10am-4pm. By arrangement with the Art Gallery of NSW, it is a ticketed event – pay at the door. Adults $5, Teens $3, Family $15 (2 adults and 3 teens), Gallery Members and children 12 and under FREE.
GUIDED TOURS FREE WITH EXHIBITION ENTRY NO NEED TO BOOK
Wednesday to Friday 1pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am and 2pm
Join specially trained Gallery volunteers who will guide you through the Archibald Prize. (Note: tours will not be held on 27 May, 10 June and 2 July, when there are visits and talks by artists).
SPECIAL EVENTS: Portrait of a Mayor Wednesday, 28 June 11am-1pm
Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett, Mayor of Hawkesbury will be sitting (in the Gallery) for 12 local artists. Come and watch their process and see the finished works on the Deerubbin Mezzanine from Thursday 29 June.
Finissage (exhibition closing) Sunday, 2 July
11am-midday - Announcing the winners of the Young Archie. 1-3pm - Artists in conversation - Dean Manning and Danelle Bergstrom. 3pm - Join us for one last look, a glass of bubbles and light refreshments to farewell the Archibald! FREE with exhibition entry – all welcome
THE YOUNG ARCHIE PORTRAIT PRIZE
A special art prize for kids has seen nearly 1000 canvases sent to schools in the Hawkesbury and to those attended by Hawkesbury residents, even if they are not located in the Hawkesbury itself. The finished works can be seen (and admired!) free of charge at Hawkesbury Central Library, downstairs from the Gallery, from Friday, 9 June, and the winners will be announced at a special closing event, on Sunday, 2 July.
ARCHIBALD PRIZE FINALISTS
Kirsty Neilson, There’s no humour in darkness, oil and spray paint on canvas, 193.5 x 159cm (sitter, Gary McDonald); Natasha Walsh, Self-portrait, oil on copper, 25 x 22cm, images courtesy the artist; Nick Stathopoulos on opening night with his portrait of Deng Adut;
The 2016 Archibald Prize in situ at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery.
Artist Nick Stathopoulos with his portrait of Deng Adut
Kirsty Nelson, There’s no humour in darkness (sitter Garry McDonald)