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Tours and Creative Activities at ‘Archibald Art Up Late’

Archibald Prize 2023, Matt Adnate &Quot;Echoes Of A Teenage Superstar&Quot; 2023
Finalist archibald prize 2023 matt adnate “echoes of a teenage superstar” © matt adnate

The Archibald Prize 2023 exhibition opened last Friday, and the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is inviting everyone to attend two ‘Archibald Art Up Late’ sessions starting Friday, 22 March 2024.

Attendees can expect an evening of fun Attendees can expect an evening of fun featuring live local musicians and free refreshments. Exhibition tours will be available, as will ‘The Sitter’s Lounge’, a drop-in live portraiture session with a live model.

Acoustic singer-songwriter Mady Disbray will perform on 22 March, while artist Greg Hansell will be the day’s guest for The Sitter’s Lounge.  

On Friday, 5 April, The Turnbull Brothers from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, will fill the Gallery with music with the Mayor of the Hawkesbury City Council, Clr Sarah McMahon, at The Sitter’s Lounge.

Both sessions will run from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The exhibition fee for Adults is $5 and free for 18 years old and below. All ages are welcome to attend. Booking is essential online via Eventbrite (Payment is payable on arrival):


Archibald Prize 2023 &Quot;Head In The Sky Feet On The Ground&Quot; By Julia Gutman
Prize winner julia gutman’s work “head in the sky feet on the ground”. Oil, found textiles and embroidery on canvas, 198 x 213. 6 cm © julia gutman

The Prize is on its regional tour and will stay at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery until Sunday, 28 April 2024. It features over 50 portraits and is one of Australia’s most esteemed portraiture competitions.


Winner Julia Gutman won this year’s Prize for her work ‘Head in the sky, feet on the ground’, taking home $100,000. Jaq Grantford’s ‘Through the window’ is People’s Choice 2023 winner and Andrea Huelin’s ‘Clown jewels’ for the Packing Room Prize 2023, each receiving $5,000 and $3,000 respectively.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales said only 57 out of 949 entries were selected for this year’s Archibald Prize. From this group of finalists, there are more works by women (30) than men (27) for the first time in the Prize’s history.

Aboriginal artists also reached a new record across the three competitions (Archibald, Wynne, and Sulman), with over 101 entries and 38 making their way to the finalists.  


&Quot;No Place Like Home&Quot; By Finalist Patrice Wills In The Archibald Prize 2023
“no place like home”, by patrice wills. Oil on board, 30. 5 x 30. 5 cm © patrice wills

The Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is at the Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street in Windsor.

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