For the first time in more than five years, the Archibald Prize has rolled into Lismore.
The exhibition, consisting of some 45 works, was unveiled during a fundraising cocktail party at Lismore Regional Gallery last week and opened by the Director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Dr Michael Brand.
An additional 14 works from the original Archibald exhibition are on display at Byron Bay’s Lone Goat Gallery, making up the total 54 finalists from the original exhibition.
The Archibald Prize is one of the most keenly anticipated events on Australia’s cultural calendar, providing not only an overview of contemporary artistic practice, but also a glimpse into the characters making up present day Australia.
Since its inception in 1921 it continues to draw interest, attention and debate. Awarded to the best portrait painting, the Archibald Prize is a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.
This year, 54 finalists were shortlisted by the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 884 entries. Ultimately, Fiona Lowry was awarded as the winner, receiving $75,000 for her portrait, Penelope Seidler.
Lismore Regional Gallery, daily except Monday until April 12.
Lone Goat Gallery, daily until April 12.