Archibald Weekend: Behind the Scenes of the Archibald Prize



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The Archibald Prize is Australia’s most famous portraiture competition. For over a hundred years, artists have submitted portraits of sitters great and unknown—from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists. Thousands of Australians flock annually to the Art Gallery of NSW and to galleries on the Prize’s regional touring route to appreciate these images of Australian life.

On Saturday 30 November—during our Archibald Weekend presented by ANZ, celebrating Australian art and identities—two distinguished panels will discuss the Prize and its significance to Australian life and culture.

Saturday 30 November, 3pm: The Archibald Prize on the International Stage with Shayne Elliott, Michael Brand and Louise Hearman

Join Art Gallery of NSW director Michael Brand, ANZ CEO Shayne Elliott, and Archibald Prize 2016 winner Louise Hearman for a discussion on the Prize’s place in global art economies and what winning the Prize means in real terms for an artist’s career.

Saturday 30 November, 3.50pm: Behind the Scenes of the Archibald Prize: From Painting to Judging with Lindy Lee and Tony Costa

What is it like to paint a famous face? What relationship is formed between artist and sitter? And how does a painting go from blank canvas to winning the coveted Archibald Prize? Join Archibald Prize 2019 winner Tony Costa and his subject, the renowned painter and sculptor Lindy Lee, for a peek into the artist studio.


The Archibald Weekend at MPavilion 2019 is proudly presented by ANZ.

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