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Archibald prize 2021 to be hosted by Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale in October
Australia's favourite art award, the prestigious Archibald Prize for portraiture is coming to Gippsland.
Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale has been named as the sole Victorian host venue for the 2021 Archibald Prize Regional Tour. This much-loved portraiture award is a who's who of Australian culture - from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists. Utterly prestigious, sometimes controversial, the Archibald Prize is Australia's foremost art prize.
Winner Packing Room Prize 2021, Kathrin Longhurst, Kate, (detail) oil on linen, 122 x 122 cm, the artist
Annual award for best portrait
Exactly 100 years ago the first Archibald Prize was awarded. Now that's an awful lot of faces. The open competition has been awarded annually since 1921 (with two exceptions: in 1964 and 1980) to the best portrait. The subject is usually distinguished in the arts, letters, science or politics, painted by an artist residing in Australiasia.
Centerpiece for art
The Gippsland Art Gallery is a centrepiece for art and culture in the region. Over 30 exhibitions of local, national and international significance are shown here each year, with a permanent collection of artworks paying homage to Gippsland and the natural environment. With Indigenous art, textiles, metalwork, photography and sculpture, the gallery is a treasure trove of Gippsland stories.
Overlooking the stunning Port of Sale and just a short walk to the Sale Botanical Gardens, the gallery is the perfect stepping-off point to explore the delights of Sale, and further afield.
Pictures from Visit Gippsland.
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