We wish to acknowledge the Gunaikurnai people as traditional owners of this land and to pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.
Join in the centenary celebrations of Australia’s favourite art award with a visit to Gippsland this October/November. Gippsland Art Gallery is rightfully excited and proud to be chosen as the sole Victorian venue to host the 2021 Archibald Prize on its regional tour.
The Art Gallery of NSW whittled down some 938 entries to just 52 for this year’s prize. Visitors can play spot the familiar face amongst subjects ranging from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes and artists.
For his winning portrait, Peter Wegner chose fellow artist Guy Warren (also celebrating his 100th birthday) as his subject. Incidentally, Warren won the prestigious award himself in 1985.
Painting styles vary as widely as the subjects and no doubt much discussion will be had over the various merits of them all. One highly commended piece from Sydney artist Jude Rae – Inside Out – deals with themes many will be able to relate to from the past year.
As Rae herself states, ‘It seemed to me that the self-portrait is the most compelling expression of this inwardness, but also a reminder that, while we might feel singular, we are not separate. We think of ourselves alone at our peril.’
Overlooking waterways and parklands in the Port of Sale precinct, the gallery expects to welcome over 50,000 visitors during the exhibition’s 45 days and with free entry there’s no excuse not to bring the kids along for a bit of culture.
WHAT: Archibald Prize – Gippsland Art Gallery
WHERE: 70 Foster St, Sale
WHEN: Friday 8th October – Sunday 21st November 2021 – open 7 days
MORE INFO: 2021 Archibald Prize
Archibald Prize 2021 finalist Peter Wegner Portrait of Guy Warren at 100 oil on canvas, 120.5 x 151.5 cm © the artist Photo: AGNSW, Jenni Carter Sitter: Guy Warren
Archibald Prize 2021 finalist Natasha Bieniek Rachel Griffiths oil on wood, 13.5 x 18.5 cm © the artist Photo: AGNSW, Mim Stirling Sitter: Rachel Griffiths
Archibald Prize 2021 finalist Kirthana Selvaraj The green suit, a self-portrait oil on canvas, 150.2 x 90.1 cm © the artist Photo: AGNSW, Mim Stirling Sitter: Kirthana Selvaraj