Archibald Prize 2012 Tour

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For the first time in Armidale, the eagerly awaited Archibald Prize 2012 Tour will be opening at 6pm at the New England Regional Art Museum on 15 March 2013.

Australia’s most prestigious yet controversial art prize narrates the changing face of Australian society through the evolving definitions of portraiture. Since 1919, the Archibald Prize has been awarded to the best portrait painting, preferably of a man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics as specified by J. F. Archibald.

The Archibald Prize has been won by a number of high calibre artists, including George Lambert, William Dobell, Brett Whiteley, William Robinson and Ben Quilty, who have won the Archibald Prize a total of 9 times between them. These artists are just a selection of Archibald Prize recipients that hold a place in NERAM’s permanent collections. NERAM holds the 1983 winning artwork in its NERAM Collection – Portrait of Chandler Coventry by Nigel Thomson.

The 91st Archibald Prize showcases the winner, The histrionic wayfarer by Tim Storrier. The artwork was inspired by The Wayfarer, a painting by Hieronymus Bosch and is described by Storrier as “a carapace of burden … clothed in the tools to sustain the intrigue of a metaphysical survey.”

The Archibald Prize 2012 Tour will also include the People’s Choice recipient, Jenny Sages’ After Jack and Archibald Packing Room Prize winner Raelene Sharp’s A Strength of Character featuring Australian actor John Wood.

Visitors are also encouraged to participate in NERAM’s own People’s Choice Award, by voting for their favourite Archibald 2012 artwork. The exhibition entry fee is $10 pp, $5 members/concession. Under 12 free.

To accompany the Archibald Prize 2012 Tour, Barry and Lucy McCann will hold a Portrait in Acrylics workshop on the 6 – 7 April from 10am – 4pm. Barry was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2008 for his work Simpatico featuring Maggie Beer AM, and Simon Bryant, the hosts of The Cook and the Chef. Gain an insight from Barry into what it takes to be selected for the Archibald Prize and learn how to achieve a realistic likeness using shapes, tones and techniques to capture the appearance and personality of your subject. Lucy and Barry’s expertise and individual attention will guarantee you take home a wonderful portrait of your subject. Cost: $250. BYO lunch. Bookings are essential. To secure a place please phone 6772 5255.

The Archibald Prize 2012 Tour will open at NERAM on Friday 15 March at 6pm. All are welcome!

This article was published in issue 70 of New England Focus

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