This annual exhibition, eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike, never ceases to create lively debate amongst the arts community and wider public. The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art prizes and is awarded to the best portrait painting, preferably of a man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics. Featuring works by Ben Quilty, Vernon Ah Kee and the 2012 Archibald Prize winner, Tim Storrier.
Newcastle Art Gallery is also pleased to announce the People’s Choice Award, chosen by visitors to the exhibition during its time in Newcastle, has been awarded to Angus McDonald for the portrait of fellow artist Tim Maguire. Visitors who cast their vote went in the running to win an ANZ Visa Debit card valued at $500 courtesy of Archibald Prize Principal Sponsor ANZ. The winning voter, who was also drawn at random from a pool of over 2500 entries, was Roslyn Beard of Dudley.
An admission fee applies:
$8 general public, $5 members/concession.
Children under 12 and school students free.
Portrait Painting Master Class
Saturday 21 July
10.30am – 3.30pm
Painting workshop in Gallery conducted by a master portrait painter. Includes exhibition entry.
Portrait Cocktail Hour
Saturday 11 August
6.00pm - 7.30pm
Put on a sharp suit or fabulous frock and sip cocktails with an Archibald artist and their subject. Featuring actor John Wood in conversation with artist Raelene Sharp, and artist Nigel Milsom with Rosemarie Milsom, award winning journalist, Newcastle Herald.
A partnership with Silo Restaurant & Lounge.
$15 Adults, $10 Gallery Society and Foundation members. Ticket includes one cocktail.
Bookings 4974 5114
*Art Gallery open until 9.00pm to coincide with the Darby Street Twilight Festival Bohemia.
11.00am – 12.00pm
Saturdays and Sundays
Free with exhibition entry fee
Torchlight Portraiture Tours
Saturday 28 July
7.30pm – 9.00pm
Discover the stars of the Archibald by torchlight.
For children and families
After School Portrait Workshops
Tuesday 7-21 August
4.00pm – 5.30pm
For children aged 8 -12 years
$45. Includes three workshops and all materials.
Saturday 25 August
5.30pm – 9.00pm
Join us to farewell the Archibald in its last weekend in Newcastle with a late night opening which will include live music and performances in conjunction with LIVE SITES.
Archibald Teachers’ Evening
Friday 20 July
5.00pm – 7.00pm
Share a glass of wine with your colleagues in the ARCHIBALD and let Newcastle Art Gallery staff introduce you to the education programs and materials.
Free exhibition entry for teachers for this event.
Focus tour available**
Free entry for all school bookings
Archibald education resource from the Art Gallery of New South Wales (coming soon)
Art Gallery Society
Coffee with art
10.30am – 12.00 noon
Wednesday 1 August
Wayne Tunnicliffe, Head of Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales discusses entries in the Archibald Prize.
$10 members, $15 non-members
payable at the door
RSVP essential 4974 5123 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bookings required for marked events
*Art Gallery 02 4974 5114
**Audience Programs 02 4974 5112