Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
Celebrity, Sportsmen, Politician Portraits
The Archibald Prize showcase is once again at the NSW Art Gallery until Sunday June 2nd 2013 before it moves to Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula. Whilst known as 'The Archibald'; the NSW Art Gallery showcase exhibits the winners of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes for 2013.
This prestigious Archibald competition has been running since 1921 as a competition and award for the best portrait painting of a notable Australian as judged by the NSW Art Gallery's trustees. The Archibald Prize is historically controversial; as befits the subjective world of art. Subjects range from politicians to sportspeople to celebrities; painted from life not through the use of photographs and is an open competition. JF Archibald's aim in establishing the competition was to support artists and increase the use of portraiture to preserve memories of great Australians.
Currently; the winners and finalists of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes are all available for viewing at this historical venue opposite the Domain. Entrance to the Gallery and its main exhibits is free, to see the Archibald exhibit is $10 for adults.
For those who are a bit peckish; the gallery has a café inside and is open until 5pm daily except Wednesdays where the closing time is 9pm. If you visit on a Wednesday evening you also benefit from the 'Art After Hours' program with live music commencing from 5.15pm in the café, Archibald celebrity events from 6.30pm in the entrance court and guided tours of the exhibit from 7.15pm all included in your exhibit entrance fee. A free weekly film series also screens concurrently in the Domain Theatre on Wednesday evenings; so there are plenty of options for the culturally minded.