Everyone has heard of the Archibald Prize - one of Australia's most prestigious art contests - but have you heard of the Bald Archy? The prize was created in 1994 as a parody of the Archibald Prize. The main difference? While the original prize calls for portraits of people distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, the Bald Archy prize tries to have a little more fun, asking for "irreverent comic and satirical images of well-known Australians."
Allie Campbell's A Fitting Frame - No1 & No2
The winning entries from previous years have included Warren Lane's "the Banquet of Gina and Gina" featuring Gina Rineheart gorging herself on a chocolate cake, and Allie Campbell's "a Fitting Frame - No 1 & No 2" featuring portraits of Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott inside two bed pans.
This years prize includes entries featuring Malcolm Turnbull and the Queen in a compromising position, Bronwyn Bishop doing her best impersonation of Roz from Monsters Inc. and a Disney-fied Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall. If you haven't been paying attention to the news for the past year, the Bald Archy is a good catch up on all the faces that have been pulling the most headlines.
After leaving Canberra the Bald Archy will continue it's tour through to Gundagai, Deneliquin, Coffs Harbour, Brisbane, Sydney, Swanpool, Corowa and Temora. The winner will be announced in Sydney on the 22nd of July.