LISA WILKINSON PORTRAIT WINS PACKING ROOM PRIZE

July 23, 2017

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Prior to the announcement of the Archibald Prize winner each year, I always look forward to learning which painting receives the honour of being awarded the Packing Room Prize. A cash prize of $1500, the Packing Room Prize is awarded to the best entry in the Archibald Prize, as judged by the Gallery staff who receive, unpack and hang the entries.

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Steve Peters, the head packer at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for 35 years, pleased the crowd when he announced his final year judging choice for the Packing Room Prize was a portrait of journalist and television personality Lisa Wilkinson AM, painted by New South Wales Central Coast artist Peter Smeeth.

With 51% of the vote, Steve maintains that the Packing Room Prize should be awarded to a portrait, “that’s good and looks just like the sitter.” Steve said “I looked at the painting and thought, that’s a great likeness. It’s how Lisa looks every morning on the telly. She looks like she’s laughing at something Karl said!”

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An Archibald finalist three times, artist Peter Smeeth, who won the Sulman Prize in 2011, is a regular entrant to the Archibald Prize, having entered for the past 34 years, which is almost as long as Steve Peters has been awarding the prize.

Lisa Wilkson said she was thrilled that Peter Smeeth had won the Packing Room Prize and humbled that she was the subject of his work. “I love the Art Gallery of New South Wales, adore the Archibald and as a big fan of portraiture I was taken with Peter’s portrayal. He got me. A particular thank you to head packer, Steve Peters, who picked this portrait, and who, I am told, is retiring after 40 years on the job. Go well,” Lisa commented.

In 2018 the Packing Room Prize mantle will be handed to installation officer Brett Cuthbertson who replaces Steve Peters as head packer.

Sandra Tiltman      Photos: John Pond

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Peter Smeeth’s Winning Portrait

Steve Peters & Brett Cuthbertson in front of Lucy Culliton’s portrait of Steve and Peter Smeeth’s winning portrait of Lisa.

Lisa Wilkinson

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WOMEN TRIUMPH IN ARCHIBALD, WYNNE & SULMAN PRIZES

July 30, 2016
Louise Hearman's "Barry"

Louise Hearman’s “Barry”

The announcement of the winners of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is one of the most exciting and eagerly awaited events in the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ calendar.

This year’s exhibition features 51 portraits of fascinating Australian personalities from George Calombaris, Toni Zeltzer, Linda Jackson, Garry McDonald, Peter Weiss AO and Wendy Whiteley plus 34 works for the Wynne Prize and 25 works for the Sulman Prize.

Ester Stewart's Sulman Prize winning "Flatland Dreaming"

Ester Stewart’s Sulman Prize winning “Flatland Dreaming”

Each year, the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW judge the Archibald & Wynne, but invite an artist to judge the Sulman.

Women artists have taken all three awards this year, with Melbourne artist Louise Hearman winning the 2016 Archibald Prize for ‘Barry’, her portrait of iconic Australian Barry Humphries. The Ken Family Collaborative (Tjungkara Ken, Yaritji Young, Maringka Tunkin, Freda Brady and Sandra Ken) won the Wynne Prize for ‘Seven Sisters’ and Esther Stewart the Sulman Prize for ‘Flatland Dreaming’.

Michael Brand, Art Gallery of New South Wales Director, said this is the first time that all three prizes have been won by women artists only. Of the 51 finalists in this year’s Archibald Prize, 25 were women artists. Lucy Culliton actually had works in each of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes.

First awarded in 1921, the Archibald Prize for the best portrait painting, is perhaps Australia’s best known and most prestigious art award. From politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists and anyone else in between, the portrait subjects are a who’s who of Australian culture.

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The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery or figure sculpture while the Sulman Prize is awarded to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.

A week prior to these announcements, Melbourne artist Betina Fauvel-Ogden, with her portrait of renowned chef, restaurateur and MasterChef Australia judge George Calombaris, won the Packing Room Prize. This prize is awarded to the best entry in the Archibald Prize, as judged by the gallery staff who receive, unpack and hang the entries. The head of the Art Gallery of New South Wales packing room, Steve Peters, with 51% of the vote, gets the final say.

On display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until 9 Oct 2016.

Sandra Tiltman      Photos: John Pond


ARCHIBALD PRIZE ATTRACTS VISITORS TO SYDNEY

July 23, 2014
Penelope Seidler & Fiona Lowry in front of Archibald Prize Winning Portrait

Penelope Seidler & Fiona Lowry in front of Archibald Prize Winning Portrait

Sydney can expect an influx of visitors over the next few months with art lovers from all parts of Australia and overseas coming to the Art Gallery of New South Wales to view the annual exhibition of works in the 2014 Archibald, Wynne, Sulman, Watercolour and Pring Prizes.

Sydney’s hotels entice visitors with special packages combining accommodation and tickets for the exhibition. The flow on effect stemming from The Archibald Prize to restaurants, retailers, theatres and other Sydney attractions gives a welcome boost to the State’s economy.

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes are major art prizes run by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This year, the 93rd year of the Archibald Prize, there were 884 Archibald, 669 Wynne and 534 Sulman entries.

Sydney born artist, Fiona Lowry is the winner of this year’s Archibald Prize for her portrait of architect, Penelope Seidler. It’s Fiona’s third Archibald and this year she is also a Sulman finalist. Last year she was highly commended, plus was a finalist in the Wynne and Sulman prizes. Fiona makes her paintings using an airbrush and a limited palette of soft, pastel colours.

Sandra Tiltman with Sulman Prize Winner

Sandra Tiltman with Sulman Prize Winner

The Archibald Prize, Australia’s oldest art award, is a portrait painting prize with $75,000 going to the winning artist. Entries must be painted in the past year, from at least one live sitting with the artist. The $35,000 Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery or figure sculpture, while the $30,000 Sulman Prize is given to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media. The winners of the Trustees’ Watercolour Prize and the John & Elizabeth Newham Pring Memorial Prize (both part of the Wynne Prize) receive $2000 and $250 respectively.

This year’s exhibition features 54 portraits of Australian personalities including Cate Blanchett, Nick Cave, Adam Goodes and Barry Humphries, plus 39 works selected for the Wynne Prize and 35 works for the Sulman Prize.

Michael Johnson won the Wynne Prize for Oceania high low and Andrew Sullivan won the Sulman Prize for T-rex (tyrant lizard king). Watercolour Prize was won by John Webb for Near Mildura and the Pring Prize for watercolour was awarded to GW Bot for Glyphs three trees (homage to Rembrandt)

The Archibald and Wynne Prizes were judged by the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The judge for the Sulman Prize was Jenny Watson.

The exhibition is on view
at the Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney until 28 September. It then travels Australia visiting regional centres such as the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour City Gallery and Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery before concluding at the Griffith Regional Art Gallery on 6 September 2015.

The 2014 Packing Room Prize, run in conjunction with the Archibald each year, was awarded to Tim Storrier for his portrait of Dr Sir Leslie Colin Patterson KCB AO. This Prize is chosen by staff who receive the Archibald entries. They then vote for their favourite Archibald portrait and Gallery Head Storeman, Steve Peters, has the final say. Tim Storrier won the 2012 Archibald Prize with a faceless self-portrait.

Sandra Tiltman  

Photos:  Sandra Tiltman & John Pond


2014 PACKING ROOM PRIZE

July 12, 2014
Tim Storrier with his winning portrait

Tim Storrier with his winning portrait

This Prize is chosen by the staff who receive the entries for the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. They then vote for their favourite Archibald portrait. This year marks the 23rd Packing Room Prize for Gallery Head Storeman, Steve Peters, who has the final say in the voting.

The 2014 Packing Room Prize, run in conjunction with the Archibald Prize each year, has been awarded to Artist Tim Storrier for his portrait of Dr Sir Leslie Colin Patterson KCB AO. Tim Storrier received $1000 and a $500 ANZ Visa gift card.

Tim Storrier previously won the 2012 Archibald Prize with a faceless self-portrait. Born in Sydney in 1949, Storrier studied at the National Art School and now lives and works in Bowral. Renowned for his mysterious Australian landscapes, he was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for services to art in 1994.

Finalists for the 2014 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes were also announced. The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes are major art prizes run by the Art Gallery of New South Wales and this year there were 884 Archibald, 669 Wynne and 534 Sulman entries.

The 2014 exhibition will run from Saturday 19 July to Sunday 28 September at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Sandra Tiltman    Photos: John Pond  

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Head Storeman, Steve Peters with Sandra Tiltman

Head Storeman, Steve Peters with Sandra Tiltman

 

     


2013 ARCHIBALD PRIZE

March 25, 2013
Del Kathryn Barton with her winning portrait

Del Kathryn Barton with her winning portrait

Del Kathryn Barton was named as this year’s winner of the 2013 Archibald Prize for her portrait entitled “hugo”, and receives a prize of $75,000.

Selected from 868 entries, the winning portrait of Sydney actor Hugo Weaving, was announced at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Friday, 22 March.

Abdul Abdullah with his portrait of Boxer, Anthony Mundine "The Man"

Abdul Abdullah with his portrait of Boxer, Anthony Mundine “The Man”

First awarded in 1921 and now in its 92nd year, the Archibald Prize is judged by the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Awarded annually to the best portrait, J.F. Archibald established the prize to foster portraiture and to perpetuate the memory of great Australians, distinguished in art, letters, science or politics and painted by any artist resident in Australasia.

Visitors to the Art Gallery of New South Wales can enter the “People’s Choice” competition, where they can nominate their favourite Archibald painting.  The winner will be announced on 16 May 2013.

The finalists will be on display at the Gallery until 2 June 2013.  They will then begin a regional tour of New South Wales and Victoria from 8 June 2013 to 29 June 2014.

Words & Photos:   Sandra Tiltman ©

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