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The Bald Archy Prize Exhibition 2016

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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."

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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 year's Bald Archy Prize exhibition will be in Canberra from February 12th to March 14th at the Watson Arts Centre. Open from 10am till 4pm, admission is just $5 for adults and $3 for concessions.

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Warren Lane's The Banquet of Gina and Gina


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.
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Why? Art with a good dose of humour
When: Feb 12 - March 14 10am-4pm
Where: Watson Arts Centre, 1 Aspinall Street, Watson
Cost: $5 Adults, $3 Concession
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