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The 2014 Archibald Prize at the Lone Goat and Lismore Regional Galleries

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An Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibition toured by Museums and Galleries of New South Wales will be exhibiting the portraits making up the finalists of the 2014 Archibald Prize at the Lone Goat and the Lismore Regional Galleries.

The Lone Goat Gallery is located in the Byron Bay Library Building, on the corner of Lawson and Middleton Streets, Byron Bay and the Lismore Regional Gallery can be found at 131 Molesworth Street, Lismore.

Due to the scale of the exhibition it's necessary to spread it between the two venues. The Lone Goay satellite exhibition will be open every day from 10.00am until 4.00pm commencing on Sunday, 1 March and running until Sunday, 12 April, 2015.

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The Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay


The Lismore Regional Gallery is the primary venue and will be opening its exhibition on Saturday, 28 February and running until Sunday, 12 April. It will be open on Tuesday to Friday from 10.00am to 4.00pm; Thursday from 10.00am to 6.00pm; and Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Lismore is closed on Mondays.

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Lismore Regional Gallery


It might be an idea to arrive at the Lismore Regional Gallery around meal-time as you can sample the calming ambience of the fully licenced Palate at the Gallery cafe/restaurant where Award Winning Chef and Owner Perry Hill is famous for his good food cooked simply. The cafe/restaurant is nestled amongst the gardens of Spinks Park right next door to the gallery.

Entry to this magnificent exhibition at both galleries is FREE.

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The Lone Goat donation box.
Donations are welcome at the Lone Goat and can be deposited into the lone goat-like donation box you will find inside the gallery.

J F Archibald (1856-1919) was a journalist and founder of the Bulletin magazine and was also a trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 1900, he commissioned Melbourne portrait artist, John Longstaff, to paint a portrait of the poet, Henry Lawson. Archibald was so pleased with the result he left money in his will for an annual prize to foster portraiture, support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians.

The first Archibald Prize was awarded in 1921. Since then the Prize has been awarded to the best portrait painting submitted for consideration. The annual competition continues to be one of Australia's most prestigious art awards and never fails to draw interest, attention and debate. It now incorporates entries capable of forming a veritable who's who of Australian culture from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.

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The exhibition will display all 54 finalists shortlisted by the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales from the original 884 entries. You can view the ultimate over-all winner, Fiona Lowry's portrait of Penelope Seidler at Lismore Regional Gallery.

There is also Vincent Fantauzzo's People's Choice Award titled, All that's good in me (self-portrait as son Luca). As well as the 2014 Packing Room Prize awarded to Tim Storrier's, The Member, Dr Sir Leslie Colin Patterson KCB AO, everybody's favourite politician.

You will also see wonderful portraits of such people as Tom Uren, Colleen McCullough, Anna Meares and John Waters. In addition there are self- and family portraits by the artists. The diversity of the works continues to make the Archibald fascinating viewing and you can see it all at the Lone Goat and Lismore Regional Galleries. You are encouraged to visit both venues to see the complete exhibition.

For more information on the Lone Goat Gallery and this fantastic exhibition check the Gallery's web page here, telephone on 0490 004 542 or email at info@lonegoatgallery.com and the Lismore Regional Gallery web page here, telephone on (02) 6622 2209 or email at artgallery@lismore.nsw.gov.au
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Why? This is a rare opportunity to see the finest portraits by some of Australia's most acclaimed artists.
When: Opening in Lismore on 28 February and closing at both galleries on Sunday 12 April, 2015
Phone: Byron Bay; 0490 004 542 and Lismore; (02) 6622 2209
Where: The Lone Goat Gallery, cnr Lawson and Middleton Streets, Byron Bay and the Lismore Regional Gallery, 131 Molesworth Street, Lismore
Cost: FREE
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