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Archibald Prize exhibition opens in Tweed

2015 Archibald Prize finalist Juan Ford A bungled clairvoyance of William Buckley or Ludwig Leichhardt's most intense moments (I can't decide which, you choose). Attempted while atop a mountain oil on linen 137 x 153 cm © the artist Photo: © AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins

2015 Archibald Prize finalist Juan Ford. A bungled clairvoyance of William Buckley or Ludwig Leichhardt’s most intense moments (I can’t decide which, you choose). Attempted while atop a mountain
oil on linen 137 x 153 cm © the artist Photo: © AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins

A touring exhibition of one of Australia’s most famous art prizes, the Archibald Prize, opens in the Tweed Regional Gallery next Friday, 15 January.

Finalists from last year’s prestigious prize will also be part of the Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition, which runs for six weeks.

The exhibition is arguably the nation’s most famous and popular prize, awarding $100,000 to the winning artist. Entries must be painted in the past year, from at least one live sitting with the artist.

The touring exhibition includes all 2015 finalists from the much-loved portraiture prize, held annually by the Art Gallery of NSW.

After the highly-anticipated exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the regional tour provides audiences outside of Sydney an opportunity to experience and enjoy the Archibald Prize in their local community.

In addition to viewing the popular exhibition, visitors to Tweed Regional Gallery will enjoy a range of programs associated with the Archibald Prize 2015 including voting for People’s Choice, viewing the Young Archies exhibition and participating in the Children’s Trail activity.

2015 Archibald Prize finalist Nigel Milsom Judo house pt 6 (the white bird) oil on linen 232 x 190 cm © the artist Photo: © AGNSW, Mim Sterling **This image may only be used in conjunction with editorial coverage of the 2015 Archibald Prize competition, on display 18 July to 27 September 2015, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This image may not be cropped or overwritten. Prior approval in writing required for use as a cover. Caption details must accompany reproduction of the image.***Media contact: Lisa.Catt@ag.nsw.gov.au

2015 Archibald Prize finalist
Nigel Milsom
Judo house pt 6 (the white bird)
oil on linen
232 x 190 cm
© the artist
Photo: © AGNSW, Mim Sterling
**This image may only be used in conjunction with editorial coverage of the 2015 Archibald Prize competition, on display 18 July to 27 September 2015, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This image may not be cropped or overwritten. Prior approval in writing required for use as a cover. Caption details must accompany reproduction of the image.***Media contact: [email protected]

The Art Gallery of NSW also provides a host of online resources for visitors of the regional tour, including a mobile exhibition guide and education resources, so visitors are encouraged to bring along a mobile headset. For more information, visit www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/2015

Gallery director Susi Muddiman said the gallery was thrilled to host the exhibition.

‘It’s great to see and hear the gallery buzzing with keen visitors and sharing their opinions on the finalists,’ Ms Muddiman said.

‘This is a wonderful show to host over the holiday period and start the New Year with; we are definitely expecting crowds.’

Individual and family tickets to the Archibald Prize 2015 may be purchased at the gallery on the day of your visit. School and bus groups must arrange and pay for their visit in advance on [email protected]

Prices are: adult $10; gallery Friend or Foundation member $7; concession or child aged 5-17 years $8; family (2 adults and up to 3 children) $26; children under five years are allowed in free; bus group booking $8 per person; school/education group booking $6 per person.

2015 Archibald Prize finalist Mitch Cairns Peter Powditch oil on linen 140 x 124 cm © the artist Photo: © AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins **This image may only be used in conjunction with editorial coverage of the 2015 Archibald Prize competition, on display 18 July to 27 September 2015, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This image may not be cropped or overwritten. Prior approval in writing required for use as a cover. Caption details must accompany reproduction of the image.***Media contact: Lisa.Catt@ag.nsw.gov.au

2015 Archibald Prize finalist
Mitch Cairns
Peter Powditch
oil on linen
140 x 124 cm
© the artist
Photo: © AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins
**This image may only be used in conjunction with editorial coverage of the 2015 Archibald Prize competition, on display 18 July to 27 September 2015, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This image may not be cropped or overwritten. Prior approval in writing required for use as a cover. Caption details must accompany reproduction of the image.***Media contact: [email protected]

The Art Gallery of NSW provides a host of online programs for visitors of the regional tour, including a mobile exhibition guide and education resources.

Tweed Regional Gallery will host a Gala Opening of the Archibald Prize 2015 regional tour on 15 January from 7pm to 9pm (DST time). This ticketed event includes a cocktail party and official opening by Dr Michael Brand, director, Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Artist Nigel Milsom, the winner of the Archibald Prize 2015, will also be the gallery’s special guest. Tickets are $75 or $65 for Gallery Friends and Foundation members, and include catering by the Gallery Café. Numbers are strictly limited and bookings are essential for this event. To secure a ticket, contact the gallery on (02) 6670 2790.

The Archibald Prize 2015 is an Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition.


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