The Art Gallery of Ballarat is the only Victorian venue for the 2015 Archibald Prize exhibition to be held from 2 October to 15 November.
It was first awarded in 1921, is Australia's favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it's a who's who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.
Some of this year portraits include John Jarratt, Richard Bell, Michael Caton, Jenny Kee, Daniel Johns and the winner of 2015 Archibald Prize barrister Charles Waterstreet.
Image from Archibald Ballarat website
Make the most of your visit and see what else Ballarat has to offer by catching the free bus service which will stop at the other Ballarat tourist attractions including Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E), Sovereign Hill, Ballarat Botanical Gardens and Lake Wendouree and the Visitor Information Centre.
There will be a range of music and entertainment which will take place during the Archibald Prize including Rockwiz Live, Up Close and Reasonable Personal with Amanda Harrison, Michael Griffiths presents Cole and John Derum takes us on journey about CJ Dennis in More Than A Sentimental Bloke. More events can be found here.
Part of Eat ART at The Age Good Food Month will include an adventure of exclusive tasting of Pyrenees wines, indulge in gourmet dishes all based on Grassy Plains lamb matched with unique Red Duck beers or celebrate bush food with an art inspired cocktail party.
Image from Wikipedia
The Archibald Prize 2015 is a timed-ticket exhibition, with entry every thirty-minute intervals until the last entry at 4pm. To secure your preferred viewing time, we strongly recommend booking in advance. If you choose to buy tickets on the day, make sure you arrive early to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be purchased online.
Art Gallery will be opened from 10.00am to 5.00pm with late night viewing until 7.00pm on Tuesday and Friday.
Come and experience the 2015 Archibald Prize at the Australia's oldest regional gallery the Art Gallery of Ballarat from 2 October to 15 November.
The prize is a little special this year it being only the third time in history that a portrait has won two prizes. Bruno Jean Grasswill's portrait of Michael Caton has won both the Packing Room Prize and the People’s Choice award.