Archibald Prize 2023 Tour

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Posted 2023-03-25 by Jenfollow

Sat 25 Mar 2023 - Sun 28 Jan 2024

Considered Australia's premier satirical art prize and slightly less famous than the Archibald Prize , the Bald Archy Prize is speckled with the spirit of the Australian larrikin. That being Peter Batey OAM who was a distinguished arts administrator and pioneer of contemporary Australian theatre. He created the Festival of Fun, and his love of humour led to the Bald Archy Prize being a key part of the Festival. His reason? "It was meant to amuse – apparently a problem with people who believe audible laughter shouldn't be permitted in an art gallery, let alone unsolicited conversation with a complete stranger."

Peter passed away in 2019 and no doubt his sense of humour would have left him loving the portrait that won the Bald Archy Prize this year - a caricature of himself, riding aloft the airborne figure of chief judge, cockatoo Maude. The portrait is by Marty Steele with the caricature titled (fittingly): Never a Dull Moment. Marty is a Brisbane-based portrait artist and a Bald Archy finalist in 2017, 2018, and 2019. The famous and infamous dominant power personalities were plentiful among the 22 finalists, but in the end, Albo, Scomo, Dutton, Rupert Murdoch, George Pell, Gina Rinehart, Ash Barty, Costa and even King Charles failed to take the crown in this year's hard-fought competition.

No matter the art elite's opinion, the Bald Archy Prize operating for almost 30 years is testimony to the competition's popularity and relevance. Dr Jerry Schwartz, is sponsoring the Bald Archy exhibition which starts at Ibis Sydney Barangaroo before moving to major NSW and Victorian regional locations as follows . Enjoy the collection of caricatures; cheeky, irreverent and very Australian.

  • Now - 14 Apr - Ibis Sydney Barangaroo
  • 21 Apr - 21 May - Coffs Harbour: National Cartoon Gallery
  • 27 May - 25 Jun - Brewarrina Visitor Info & Exhibition Cntr
  • 30 Jun - 30 Jul - Grenfell Art Gallery
  • 4 Aug - 3 Sep - Deniliqin: Peppin Heritage Centre
  • 8 Sep - 8 Oct - Corowa Art Space
  • 13 Oct - 12 Nov - Rydges Newcastle
  • 17 Nov - 17 Dec - Bundawarrah Centre
  • 22 Dec - 28 Jan 2024 - Wagga Wagga: Museum of the Riverina

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