The choice has been made and the winners are women – at this year’s Archibald Prize event at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Our Ogilvy PR team also felt like winners earlier in the week, at our special sneak preview of the Archibald Prize exhibition, before it opened.
It is the biggest annual event at the Art Gallery of NSW, bringing more than 120,000 people in to see the famous faces and the infamous!
Melbourne artist, Louise Hearman won the Archibald Prize for her portrait of iconic Barry Humphries. Five sisters from the Ken family, from the remote Aboriginal community of Amata, won the Wynne, and Esther Stewart won the Sulman Prize.
The walls of the exhibition are a reflection of many of the ‘who’s who’ of Australian contemporary life and include musicians, actors, models, and politicians. Even celebrity chefs – and this year George Calombaris of MasterChef fame is on the wall and his portrait won this year’s Packing Room prize.
A wonderful addition to our tour was the discussion with artist Belynda Henry, who has been selected for the first time in the Archibald Prize, with her portrait of Dinosaur Designs co-founder, Louise Olsen. Belynda is a landscape artist who has also been selected in the accompanying Wynne Prize for landscapes – her fourth time in that prize. She has entered more than 16 times.
A couple of fun facts about the 2016 Archibald Prize:
- 24 artists selected for the first time in the Archibald Prize.
- 11 self portraits.
- 25 sitters who are artists – so, artists paint other artists!
A big thanks to our colleague and Ogilvy PR Media Director, Anne Fulwood, who opened the Gallery door for us, and took us through the exhibitions! She has served on the Board of Trustees at the Gallery and joined her other Board members to choose 9 Archibald Prizes – one of the privileges of being a Trustee!