The 2018 Archibald Prize finalist portraits have left the Art Gallery of New South Wales and are visiting Victoria and what better place than the Tarrawarra Museum of Art to see them. Located in the beautiful, green Yarra Valley, the modern Museum set in an idyllic setting of vines, gardens and stark architecture, presents the portraits in their very best light.
The Archibald Prize Exhibition has become more and more popular each year and showcases the extraordinary talent of Australian artists and the stories of people portrayed by them. The first prize was awarded in 1921 after the bequest of J.F Archibald, the founder of The Bulletin magazine.
The entries in the competition have to be portraits of people who are distinguished in the area of arts, literature, science and they can be painted by any artist resident in Australasia.
There are the winners, of course, but there is much more to this exhibition. Beyond the wonderful artwork of well-known people in the arts, media and politics, there are also portraits of lesser-known people. These may be people we have read about in the news or people who have made some contribution to society and their communities. Many of the portraits are also self-portraits.
What is fascinating about all the people portrayed are their stories. There are stories of hardship, personal tragedies and successes, stories of family, being on the outside, migrants and refugees, indigenous life and many more. It is these stories that bring the portraits truly to life. The stories very successfully represent a microcosm of the world we live in, with all its trials and tribulations, humour and challenges.
The exhibition is open until November 5th and you can book tickets online. You can find information about the exhibition and events related to the Archibalds, as well as other information about Tarrawara and tickets here.