Hawkesbury District Independent June 2017 #85 - Page 18

life & style The Archibald Prize wows the Hawkesbury Staff at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in Windsor expected a good response to its current exhibition, the 2016 Archibald Prize: it is, after all, Australia’s most popular art exhibition, and arguably our most-loved cultural event. But the response has been even greater than expected. More than 200 attended the gala opening in May, and local residents and visitors to the area have been flocking to the gallery ever since. Awarded to the best painting of a notable Australian, the Archibald Prize is a who’s who of Australian culture, from politicians and celebrities to sporting heroes and artists. The Prize awards $100,000 prize money for the winning artist, and finalists are exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales before embarking on a year-long regional tour. Twin Souls: a portrait of Linda Jackson by Carla Fletcher. Artist Nick Stathopoulos on the opening night of The Archibald Prize 2016 Exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery with his portrait of Deng Adut. Women make their mark In the early days of The Archibald, women rarely featured, either as sitters or artists. When Nora Heysen became the first female artist to win the Archibald Prize in 1938, One of the most popular artworks is it provoked criticism from disgruntled male artists who said women shouldn't be Carla Fletcher’s portrait of fashion icon, Linda Jackson. We have used it on our allowed to enter. Times have changed, and in 2016 there front cover as it is so striking. “This painting of Australian fashion was a fairly even split in terms of gender designer Linda Jackson is the twin-soul (26 male, 25 female). portrait of my 2015 Archibald Prize finalist Lucy Culliton’s self-portrait – on portrait of Jenny Kee,” says artist, Carla page 19 of this month’s Hawkesbury Fletcher. “Together they are magic, Independent - shows the artist transcendent, creative collaborators who surrounded by pigeons. electrified Australia with bolts of luminous “I have many pigeons,” said Lucy. colour and dreaming. From their first “An old fellow who lived near me meeting in the early 1970s there was an died and his wife no longer wanted their instant soul connection, a connection that pigeons. She told me, ‘Take as many remains strong. as you want; the rest will go to Mogo “Inspired by the colour and energy Zoo for animal food.’ Two horse floats of the Australian landscape, Jackson later, including a broken fan belt, all the crusaded a new path for Australian guys were at my place. A local called fashion. She Tiger Bobbin built the explored new emergency extension on approaches the existing house. I collect to textiles and their eggs so there is not a incorporated population explosion.” never-before- As for painting a self- seen bold portrait, Culliton says, Australian “It’s much easier for me motifs drawn to sit for myself than ask from nature, someone else. Jamie, my including her man, took a photo of me magical neon but I painted my face from opal prints and a mirror as photographs Sturt’s Desert don’t give the detail I Pea flowers. need. Then I filled the “Many ground with my beautiful Lucy and fans: a self portrait by Lucy Culliton. people birds.” remember Jackson and Kee’s unique, handmade one-off artisan pieces from Kee’s Flamingo Park boutique in Sydney’s Strand Arcade. Among the many fashionistas to seek them out were Princess Di and David Bowie.” As well as the hugely popular exhibition, there is a stream of events and ways to get involved in this iconic cultural event... People’s Choice Award In conjunction with the exhibition, there will is a people’s choice prize of $500, sponsored by ANZ. All you have to do is vote for your favourite work of art and your name goes into the draw. Guided Tours Free with exhibition entry – no need to book. Wednesday – Friday 1pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am and 2pm. Join specially trained Gallery volunteers who will guide you through the Archibald Prize. (Note: tours will not be held on 27 May, 10 June and 2 July, when there are visits and talks by artists). Archibald Artists in Conversation Saturday 10 June 1-3pm. Kirsty Neilson, Natasha Walsh and Nick Stathopoulos will be in conversation at the gallery, to talk about their work, their sitters, and the spectacle that is the Archibald Prize. Nick’s portrait of Deng Adut won the People’s Choice prize when the exhibition was shown at the Art Gallery of NSW, and has continued to win praise while on tour around the country. $20, Members $15 (includes exhibition entry). Bookings essential through Eventbrite or phone 4560 4441. Portrait of a Mayor Wednesday 28 June 11am-1pm. Councillor Mary Lyons- Buckett, Mayor of Hawkesbury will be sitting in the Gallery for 12 local artists. Come and watch their process and see the finished works on the Deerubbin Mezzanine from Thursday 29 June. Finissage: The closing of the exhibition Sunday 2 July 11am-12 noon Announcing the winners of the Young Archie. 1-3pm Artists in conversation - Dean Manning and Danelle Bergstrom. 3pm Join us for one last look, a glass of bubbles and light refreshments to farewell the Archibald! FREE with exhibition entry – all welcome. Extended opening hours For this exhibition, the gallery will be open every day 10am – 4pm. By arrangement with the Art Gallery of NSW, this is a ticketed event – pay at the door. Adults $5, Teens $3, Family $15 (2 adults and 3 teens), Gallery Members & Children 12 and under FREE. See opposite page for more details. Windsor Tyre & Auto Service for all your automotive needs. 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