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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GEORGE CALOMBARIS PORTRAIT WINS PACKING ROOM PRIZE

July 11, 2016

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One of the most exciting events in the Art Gallery of New South Wales calendar is the announcement of the Packing Room Prize winner. The cash prize of $1500 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.

Bettina Fauvel-Ogden with George Calombaris

Bettina Fauvel-Ogden with George Calombaris

The 2016 winning portrait of renowned chef, restaurateur and MasterChef Australia judge, George Calombaris is by Adelaide-born Melbourne artist, Betina Fauvel-Ogden. It is the first time that Betina, who paints urban landscapes and occasionally portraits, has entered the Archibald Prize.

Last year she set her sights on a portrait of Calombaris, despite at that stage never having met him. Betina said “I was always interested in

Steve Peters, Head of Packing Room

Steve Peters, Head of Packing Room

George Calombaris as a subject as I felt there was an intensity to his character and after eight months pursuing him, George gave up his valuable time to allow me three sittings. I wanted to paint him in his chef’s white jacket and black apron. In choosing the pose, George felt most comfortable with his hands on his hips. I kept the lighting simple and focused on capturing the determination in his eyes. I had always envisaged a vibrant yellow background for the portrait. When George gave me his cookbook ‘Greek’ with its bold yellow cover, as a gift at the first sitting, that clinched it”.

Sandra Tiltman     Photos: John Pond

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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

 

     


2012 PACKING ROOM PRIZE WINNER

March 15, 2012

A portrait of John Wood, one of Australia’s favourite actors, was announced as the winner of the annual Packing Room Prize for 2012, at Sydney’s Art Gallery of New South Wales this morning.

The Packing Room Prize gives the gallery staff who receive the entries for the annual Archibald Prize for portraiture, a chance to vote for their favourite entry.  This year there were 839 entries.

Melbourne based Raelene Sharp, the winning artist, was at the Gallery to receive her award of $1,000 and a $500 ANZ debit card.  John Wood was also present for the announcement, standing proudly beside his portrait, accompanied by the artist.

Finalists for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes were also announced today. The Archibald opens to the public on 31 March.

I can hardly wait to learn which of the paintings selected for the exhibition will be announced winner of the 2012 Archibald prize.  This exhibition is always extremely popular with Sydneysiders and this year, I am sure, people will not be disappointed. Sandra T.            

PHOTOS: John Pond ©  ABOVE: John Wood with Raelene Sharp. LEFT: Sandra T. with winning portrait.

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