2021 Archibald Prize To Visit Griffith

Wednesday, 28 Apr 2021

2021 Archibald Prize To Visit Griffith Griffith Regional Art Gallery will proudly host the Archibald Prize 2020 as its keynote exhibition of 2021. 
The exhibition, toured out of Sydney by the prestigious Art Gallery of NSW, is only sent to a select number of regional centres each year, and was last hosted in Griffith in 2015.
To celebrate this major exhibition, the Gallery is hosting a number of special events throughout May and June, including the opening gala event on the evening of Friday, 14 May 2021 at 6pm. 
Acting Regional Arts and Museum Manager, Margaret Andreazza said this will be the Gallery’s premier event of 2021.
"The opening will be the night that the Gallery will shine - there will be live entertainment, and premium wine supplied by our sponsor Dee Vine Wines accompanied by fine canapés,” said Ms Andreazza.  
“Wendy Shape, one of the 2020 finalists, and indeed the winner of the Archibald in 1996, coming as a special guest for the night. I’m thoroughly looking forward to this outstanding social evening of 2021.
“Wendy will also be providing an Artist talk the following morning, which is already heavily subscribed – having met her as our guest a couple of years ago for her own exhibition, I highly recommend attending this event,” she added.
Gallery Curator Ray Wholohan said the Gallery will be holding a number of competitions and public programs to accompany the exhibition.
“For people under the age of 18, we’re running a ‘Young Archie’ award to promote portraiture by young people," said Mr Wholohan. 
"For adults we’re holding a ‘People’s Choice’ award, in which patrons to the Gallery can vote for their favorite portrait for the chance to win a $500 cash prize also courtesy of the ANZ Bank.”
Every Saturday during the exhibition, the Gallery will be holding free guided tours titled ‘Perspectives in Portraiture’ at 10.30am and 1.30pm. 
There will also be a children’s art trail, which will stimulate creativity and learning in children 12 years and under at 11.30am and 2.30pm for a gold coin donation.  
“The free guided tours are a great way to come and warm-up at the Gallery on a cold autumn and winter’s day and learn some amazing facts about some of Australia’s top celebrities and artists,” added Mr Wholohan.
Other events will include a Lecture: High Art and Hysteria – The History of the Archibald Prize, Portrait Painting workshop with the winner of the inaugural ‘Darling Portrait Prize’, Anthea da Silva and a comedy of art criticism “That Painting is Just Terrible”. 
All events are ticketed and booking can be made via the gallery website: www.griffithregionalartgallery.com.au
For the duration of the exhibition, the Gallery has extended the operating hours on the weekend, to 10am-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays until Sunday 27 of June. 
The exhibition is opens Friday, 14 May and runs until Sunday 27 June. Please contact the Gallery for any enquiris on 6962 8338 or call in to the Gallery at 167 Banna Avenue, Griffith. 

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