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Archibald Prize: 2020

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.

The Archibald Prize 2020 is an Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition with presenting partner ANZ.

Exhibition Details

Official Opening: Friday  7 May
Closes: Sunday 20 June
Image Credit: Vincent Namatjira, Stand strong for who you are, acrylic on linen, 152 x 198 cm, © the artist. Photo: AGNSW, Mim Stirling. Sitter: Adam Goodes - former professional Australian rules footballer.

Workshop and Event Details

Black Tie Opening, 6pm Friday 7 May
Members $15, Non Members $30

Be part of a delightfully decadent celebration to welcome the Archibald Prize 2020 to Griffith. Smooth beats, great food, lively art banter and premium wine from our sponsors Dee Vine Estate. Join VIP guest finalist Wendy Sharpe, for an exclusive night viewing Australia’s most prestigious portrait exhibition. Bookings essential.

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Artist talk: Wendy Sharpe FREE, 11am Saturday 8 may
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.

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Guided Tours FREE, 10:30am & 1:30pm, Weekends
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, 11:30am & 2:30pm, Weekends
Cost: Gold coin donation

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.

Young Archies Portrait Prize FREE
Is your family harbouring a young Picasso? A Meyne Wyatt or Wendy Sharpe? Our Young Archies Portrait Prize is open to all local artists under 18 years. Entries will be exhibited at ArtSpace at Griffith Regional Theatre during the Archies, plus a great prize up for grabs.

Lecture: High Art and Hysteria the History of the Archibald Prize 
sponsored by Dee Vine Estate
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.

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Workshop: Portrait Painting, 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.

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That painting is just terrible! The return of the Burgernauts
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.

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Bookings are essential for all events

 

Opening Hours

Saturday & Sunday: 11am - 2pm  
Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm  
Closed: Monday & Tuesday  

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