Archibald Prize Black Tie Opening
Friday 14 May, 6pm | Members $15, Non Members $30
PLEASE NOTE: We're waiting on responses from the artists so we have temporarily paused our ticket sales. Tickets will be released on Monday 3 May, please email the Gallery if you would like to go on the waiting list at email@example.com
Artist talk: Wendy Sharpe
Saturday 15 May, 11am | Free, Please register
Join acclaimed Australian Artist Wendy Sharpe for a floor talk about her experiences as the winner of the 1996 Archibald Prize, a finalist in 2020 and more. Artist talk includes morning tea, bookings essential.
Teen Art Workshop with Succa Mum
Saturday 22 May, 10 - 12.30pm | $10 | Kooyoo Street
Release your inner Picasso and join Succa Mum for a fun afternoon of step-by-step painting in Kooyoo Street. This class is open to 12 to 18 years old. No painting experience needed. All levels are welcome. Participants will be painting a Monstera leaf. All art materials will be supplied including a 40 x 50cm stretched canvas for your masterpiece.
Young Archie Competition
Free | Entries close 5pm Wednesday 26 May 2021
Is your family harbouring a young Picasso? A Meyne Wyatt or Wendy Sharpe? The Young Archie Competition is open to all artists under 18 years. Entries will be exhibited at ArtSpace at Griffith Regional Theatre.
Lecture: High Art and Hysteria the History of the Archibald Prize
Thu, 27 May 6pm | Members FREE, Non Members $5
No other art prize in the history of Australia art has been more contentious or divisive than the Archibald Prize. The Gallery will present an evening dissecting the history and politics, the scandals, tribulations and triumphs of this notorious and hallowed award. Limited places, book early to avoid disappointment. Sponsored by Dee Vine Estate
Encaustic Workshop With Mo Godbeer
$250 | Sat 29 & Sun 30 May
In this two-day workshop, we will be paper rusting, bleaching, embedding, image transferring, and much more! You will learn how to combine objects, images and words, with encaustic, to capture a mood, tell a story or express a feeling to bring your artwork to life. Beginners Welcome – No Previous Experience Necessary. All materials Provided.
Workshop: Portrait Painting, Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 June
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 June | Members $160, Non Members $200
Join winner of the inaugural Darling National Portrait Prize and Portia Geach Finalist, Anthea Da Silva for an immersive portrait painting workshop. Covering the fundamentals of portraiture, what constitutes a portrait and ways of seeing. All skill levels are welcome and are guaranteed a fun and inspiring weekend.
That painting is just terrible! The return of the Burgernauts
Free, please register
No other art prize causes as much contention and friction between friends as the Archibald Prize. What happens when those friends are art scholars with their own very decided opinions? Enjoy a hilarious debate between three art critics, with very different tastes in art, arguing the laughable and laudable offerings in the 2020 Archibald Prize. Everyone has an opinion. We just don’t want to hear yours. Ages 15+, contains mature themes and coarse language.
FREE, 10:30am & 1:30pm, Weekends (during Archibald Prize)
Our loquacious and charming curator will uncover the back stories to the portraits, artists, and the salacious controversies surrounding the Archibald Prize.
Kids Art Trail
Gold coin donation | 11:30am & 2:30pm, Weekends (during Archibald Prize)
Inspire your budding artists with our Archie’s Kids’ Art Trail! Gallery staff will use fun activities to introduce children to the concepts and ideas in seven key paintings in the exhibition. Each child will be get their own workbook full of fun and creative projects.
Archibald Prize: 2020
Friday 14 May - Sunday 27 June
Australia’s most famous and controversial art portraits, awarded annually to the best portrait, of someone distinguished in art, letters, science or politics. Everyone has an opinion, we can’t wait to hear yours.
Rethinking the Winter Solstice: A Community Art Exhibition
Friday 9 July - Sunday 25 July
An exhibition showcasing local artists, who have been asked to reflect upon what it’s like to experience the Riverina winter and what makes our winter like no other time of the year.
Local Indigenous Exhibition
Friday 30 July - Sunday 29 August
Celebrating the strength, creativity and diversity of Wiradjuri artists, in the tradition of the esteemed Murrumbidgee Mara Mara, Warangesda Deeper Waters and Yarruwala Wiradjuri exhibitions.
Portrait of Australia: Stories Through the Lens of Australian Geographic
Friday 3 September - Sunday 3 October
A celebration of the bush, the outback, the coast and the people who live there. See the most rugged and remote parts of the country and discover the remarkable stories of ordinary Australians.
Finding Home: Engaging Youth in Regional Australia Exhibition
Friday 3 September - Sunday 3 October
An examination of three regional towns Griffith NSW, Hedland WA, and Port Lincoln SA. Explores the reasons why young people leave, but also why some choose to stay, and others return. Look out for some familiar faces!
Friday 8 October - Sunday 14 November
16 artists from diverse cultural, generational, personal and artistic perspectives illustrate and celebrate the complexity of contemporary feminist discourse and the art made within it.
Objects of Desire
Friday 19 November - Sunday 9 December
The Gallery’s end of year celebration with unique handcrafted gifts and art available for purchase. Enjoy some nibbles and beautiful wines by Dee Vine Estate - a relaxed way to get those last minute Christmas gifts sorted or just treat yourself!