The Archibald Prize – The Everyman’s Art Award.

The Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists. It garners a great deal of interest each year because of the subject matter, regardless of the painting style.

1942 Winner, Jim Gordon VC, by William Dargie

All finalists will be on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from May 11, 2019 to September 8, 2019. ( Add to To Do List : Book Tickets).

2011 Winner, Margaret Olley by Ben Quilty

As a prelude to the announcement of this award the Packing Room Prize is chosen by the Art Gallery of NSW staff who receive, unpack and hang the Archibald Prize entries — with the head packer having 52 per cent of the vote. 

The winner of this award was announced earlier this week with a portrait of actor David Wenham by Tessa MacKay. Just love it!

David Wenham (born 21 September 1965) is an Australian actor who has appeared in movies, television series and theatre productions. He is known in Hollywood for his roles as Faramir in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Carl in Van Helsing, Dilios in 300 and its sequel 300: Rise of an Empire, Al Parker in Top of the Lake, and Lieutenant John Scarfield in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

He is best known in Australia for his role as Diver Dan in SeaChange.

And Diver, I can never forgive you for walking out on Laura the way you did………………

PS. Disappearing for a few weeks. I have some major commitments which require focus, and God knows focus isn’t my strong point, and then I’m flying out to put a dent in the Bucket List. Retirement’s tough.