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2021 Archibald Prize Touring Exhibition

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by Belinda Nolan-Price (subscribe)
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The touring 2021 Archibald Prize Exhibition will be held exclusively at Gippsland Art Gallery from 8 October until to 21 November, 2021.

It's Australia's foremost portraiture prize. Featuring a who's who from Australian culture, including politicians, celebrities, sporting heroes and artists. The Archibald exhibition features 52 finalists.

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Since its foundation in 1921, the Archibald Prize has thrilled art enthusiasts and the general public alike. In establishing the prize, JF Archibald's aim was to foster portraiture as well as support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians. The prize has been awarded to some of Australia's most well-known artists from Nora Heysen, William Dobell, Wendy Sharpe, Brett Whiteley, Cherry Hood, Ben Quilty, Del Kathryn Barton, Tim Storrier and Fiona Lowry.

Examine the 2020 winning portrait of Peter Wegner's Portrait of Guy Warren at 100. Warren won the 1985 Archibald Prize with a portrait of artist Bert Flugelman, which is included in the Archie 100 exhibition. View Kathrin Longhurst's portrait of singer Kate Ceberano who was announced as the Packing Room Prize.

During the exhibition there will be various events, click here for further information.

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For the first time, there is gender parity for artists selected as Archibald finalists: 26 women and 26 men. Female sitters outnumber the men (although that is not a first). It is also the first time there have been more works by women than men.

Visit Australia's most engaging art exhibition at the Gippsland Art Gallery from 8 October to 21 November, 2021.
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Why? An opportunity to see all the finalists in the 2021 Archibald Prize
When: 8 October - 21 November
Phone: (03) 5142 3500
Where: Gippsland Art Gallery, 70 Foster St, Sale
Cost: Adult: $17.00, Senior: $15,00, Concession: $11.00, Child: $9.00
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Might be time for another weekend getaway to Sale, it would love to see these paintings.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9251) 80 days ago
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