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New tickets have just been released to the Archibald Prize 2021 at the Gippsland Art Gallery.
Oct 26, 2021

New tickets have just been released to the Archibald Prize 2021 at the Gippsland Art Gallery. Happening now until Sunday 21 November 2021, with no extension possible, Sale’s Gippsland Art Gallery is the only Victorian venue where you can see the powerful portraits. With the easing of restrictions planned for this coming Friday (29 Oct), those who plan to visit are urged to book now.

A total of 52 portraits are on display in this year’s exhibition including 2021 Archibald Prize winner, Melbourne-based Peter Wegner’s portrait of fellow artist and centenarian Guy Warren. Also on display is the Packing Room Prize winner, Kathrin Longhurst’s portrait of much loved singer Kate Ceberano and the People’s Choice winner, Melbourne-based Julia Ciccarone with her stunning self-portrait titled The sea within.

Gallery-goers can experience a dynamic program of exciting events presented in conjunction with the exhibition, with most activities included in the cost of a regular ticket. Highlights include:

  • Friday Up Late - every Friday night the Port of Sale will come alive to showcase the art gallery and the Archibald exhibition, with visitors able to listen to live music, whilst feasting on local produce and beverages.
  • Pop Up Portrait Speed Dates – happening multiple times each week, visitors will be joined by a Gallery Guide and get personal with some of the artworks in the Archibald exhibition.

Celebrating its centenary this year, the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Archibald Prize is Australia’s foremost portraiture prize. First awarded in 1921, it is the country’s oldest and best loved portrait award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, the prize attracts entries from both prominent and emerging artists in Australia and New Zealand, and features celebrated figures from all walks of life.

Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to plan a weekend escape or mid-week break to not only experience the Archibald Prize, but to experience everything else that the central Gippsland region has to offer. Sale is the ideal base for exploring the wider Gippsland region, with destinations such as 90 Mile Beach, Port Albert, Tarra Bulga National Park, Yarram’s Heesco murals and plenty of wineries and dining experiences all within easy reach. For further travel inspiration, accommodation and transport options, check out the Plan Your Visit page.

The Gippsland Art Gallery complies with COVID-19 safe regulations. As of 9am on Friday 29 October, any visitor to the Gallery and the Port of Sale over the age of 16 will need to provide proof of being fully vaccinated from Covid-19. For more information click here.

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