The Archibald Prize, Australia’s oldest and most-loved portrait award, is coming to the Gippsland Art Gallery – and Wellington Shire Council is inviting locals to sign up now to be first in line to grab tickets.
First awarded in 1921, this year’s Archibald Prize Exhibition will be on show at the Gippsland Art Gallery from 8 October-21 November.
The $100,000 Archibald Prize is awarded to the nation’s best portrait painting, and the exhibition will feature a who’s who of Australian culture, including Kate Ceberano, Rachel Griffiths, Craig Foster, Grace Tame and this year's winning portrait by Peter Wegner of 100-year-old artist Guy Warren.
Gippsland Art Gallery has been chosen as the sole Victorian venue for the 2021 Archibald Prize regional tour, so Melbourne art lovers will be making the trip to Wellington in their thousands.
Those who sign up via the website will receive all the latest information about the Archibald Prize, including an advanced warning when the tickets will be going on sale.
“It’s wonderful news that Australia’s most popular portrait exhibition is coming to Gippsland Art Gallery – and in its centenary year. But with as many as 55,000 visitors tipped to visit the region for the 45-day exhibition I’d say sign up to be notified when tickets go on sale so you don’t miss out,”Wellington Shire Council Mayor Garry Stephens said.
“Having the Archibald Prize come to Wellington is such a huge event and we want absolutely every local person who wants to take part to have the opportunity.”
To be first to find out when Archibald Prize Exhibition tickets go on sale and to keep up with all the latest Archibald Prize news, including offers and packages, head to www.archibaldprizegippsland.com.au.