Wednesdays 6pm - 8pm | $20 Per Session or $100 for the whole Term (6 sessions).
Relaxed Life Drawing sessions are for beginners, lapsed resumers & passionate regulars keen to energise & enliven their arts practice. Please come early to set up your spot - we start on the dot at 6pm! Includes vino & nibbles. Term 28 April, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 26 May & 2 June
Archibald Prize Black Tie Opening
Friday 7 May, 6pm | 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.
Artist talk: Wendy Sharpe
Friday 8 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.
Young Archies Portrait Prize
Free | Entries close 5pm Friday 21 May 2021
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. More details to follow.
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.
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
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.