26 February 2013
Whether you are an art buff or you are simply looking for a new way to experience culture in Sydney, you won’t want to miss the Archibald Prize Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Known as some of the most prestigious awards in the Australian art community, the finalists for the Archibald, Wynne and Sir John Sulman Prizes are usually announced in mid-March, and an exhibition of the year’s best work kicks off later in the month.
As one of Australia’s oldest art awards, the Archibald Prize recognises excellence in portrait painting. Portraits usually depict an important or distinguished figure in the world of politics, letters, art or science, and will be judged on their relative merits by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW. The 2013 winnter was Del Katherine Barton, who created a decorative, whimsical portrait of Australian actor Hugo Weaving.
The same group of trustees is also tasked with judging the Wynne Prize – awarded in 2013 to Imants Tillers for a work titled Namatjira – which is presented to the best landscape painting in watercolours or oils, or alternatively to the best Australian figure sculpture.
Another award, the Sir John Sulman Prize, has been presented since 1936 and recognises the best genre painting, subject painting or mural by an Australian artist. However, unlike the Wynne and Archibald prizes, this award is determined by a guest artist who is invited by the trustees to judge the open competition. The 2013 Sir John Sulman Prize judge was Kate Beynon, who awarded the top honour to Victoria Reichelt’s After (books).
The work of the finalists selected for all three awards will be presented at the Art Gallery of NSW from late March until early June. Admission to the exhibition is $10 for adults and $8 for children – and concession prices are available for groups, members and families. Children under the age of five can attend the exhibition for free.