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Archibald Prize 2023 Regional Tour at the Hawkesbury Gallery

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nanna mara by tsering hannaford; oil on board, 89. 8 x 89. 8 cm. © tsering hannaford via the art gallery of nsw

Take part in the free exhibition opening of the Archibald Prize 2023 Australian regional tour at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery on Friday, 15 March 2024. 

From 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, attendees can expect over 50 portraits. It coincides with a program of artist and curator talks, Art-up-Late events, maker space activations, and a Young Archie Hawkesbury Competition for Hawkesbury locals aged 5 to 18 years old.

The regional tour at the Gallery will run from 15 March to 28 April 2024. Those interested can book their tickets online via Eventbrite: Exhibition Opening – Archibald Prize 2023 Regional Tour.

According to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 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.  

Julia Gutman won this year’s Archibald Prize with her work “Head in the sky, feet on the ground.” On the other hand, Jaq Grantford’s “Through the window” is the winner of the People’s Choice 2023 while Andrea Huelin took home the Packing Room Prize 2023 for her “Clown jewels.”

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claudia (the goat) by laura jones; oil and acrylic on canvas, 198. 2 x 152. 6 cm © laura jones via the art gallery of nsw

For 2024, the entry forms will be available online during the early months of this year. Works must be completed from 3 May 2023 to 3 May 2024 and are open for Australian and New Zealand residents within the same period.

The Prize is determined in accordance with the will of the late JF Archibald dated 15 March 1916. The best portrait has to be, as stated in his will: “preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science, or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia during the 12 months preceding the date fixed by the Trustees for sending in the pictures.”

$100,000 is given to the Prize winner, $5,000 to the ANZ People’s Choice, and $3,000 to the Packing Room Prize recipient. To learn more about joining the Prize and its mechanics, visit the Art Gallery of NSW’s website here

The Archibald Prize will succeed the Gallery’s previous exhibition, Paper Scissors Rock, which was opened to the public in early December last year.

The Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is on the first floor of the Deerubbin Centre, located at 300 George Street in Windsor.

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