Tickets on sale now for Archibald Prize tour

Winner of the Packing Room Prize 2021, 'Kate' by Kathrin Longhurst. ‘Kate’ oil on linen. Photo: AGNSW, Jenni Carter

TICKETS are now on sale for the Archibald Prize 2021 at the Gippsland Art Gallery Sale.
The gallery is the sole Victorian host venue for the Archibald Prize 2021 regional tour, which will be in Sale later this year.
A total of 52 portraits will be on display, including 2021 Archibald Prize winner, Melbourne-based Peter Wegner’s, portrait of fellow artist and centenarian Guy Warren.
Also on display will be the Packing Room Prize winner, Kathrin Longhurst’s portrait of much-loved singer Kate Ceberano.
Gippsland Art Gallery director Simon Gregg said as the “premier art destination in Gippsland”, the gallery was thrilled to welcome the Archibald Prize to Gippsland in the prize’s centenary year.
“We look forward to welcoming Gippsland locals, along with their friends and family, to the exhibition and encourage them to enjoy one of the many exciting events taking place throughout the exhibition, including pop-up ‘portrait speed dates’, ‘Friday up late’, ‘portrait play for mini makers’, artist talks, guided tours and more.”
Wellington Shire mayor Garry Stephens said he was excited to welcome the Archibald to the Gippsland Art Gallery.
“The Archibald Prize provides the opportunity for our local community to show off to visitors from far and wide the wonderful area that we call home,” he said.
“It will also provide a much-welcomed boost to our local tourism economy, with tens of thousands of visitors anticipated to visit Sale.”
Cr Stephens said it was “no secret” that the region had faced its fair share of challenges in the past couple of years, with drought, bushfires, floods and the ongoing pandemic.
“We encourage all locals to get behind the Archibald in Gippsland by not only experiencing the exhibition themselves, but by using this opportunity to encourage visits from friends and family, inviting them to experience everything that our amazing region has to offer.”
Celebrating its centenary this year, the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Archibald Prize is Australia’s foremost portraiture prize.
First awarded in 1921, it is the country’s oldest and best loved portrait award, and one of its most prestigious.
Awarded to the best portrait painting, the prize attracts entries from prominent and emerging artists in Australia and New Zealand, and features celebrated figures from all walks of life.
The exhibition will be on display in Sale from October 8 to November 21.
Tickets to the Archibald Prize 2021 in Gippsland are priced at $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $11 for concession (card holders and students) and $9 for children (ages five to 17).
A group discount of $15 per ticket applies to groups of 10 more.
Tickets can be bought at archibaldprizegippsland.com.au.
For more information, visit archibaldprizegippsland.com.au or follow @gippsartgallery on Instagram or @gippslandartgallery on Facebook.