After months of planning, Swanpool’s Bald Archy Prize exhibition is open to the public.By KaitlinThals
After months of planning and great anticipation Swanpool’s Bald Archy Prize exhibition is open to the public.
Swanpool and District Memorial Hall will host the event, which is celebrating its 20th year.
Visitors and art-lovers will be able to view 44 pieces of art which project a satirical statement, as part of the national tour.
Bald Archy Prize founder/director Peter Batey joined the Swanpool and District Community Development Association volunteers on Friday, before the official opening that evening.
‘‘I think a lot of people will get a big shock when they walk into this funny little hall,’’ Mr Batey said.
He said the Bald Archy Prize had been touring the country since February and was ‘‘breaking records’’.
‘‘It’s hard to say how many walk through, but there has been a lot of publicity, they will come from a long way,’’ Mr Batey said.
The event will showcase finalists’ works that make satirical statements about Australian society, politics and life.
‘‘This year there’s quite a few of Gina Reinhart, about six I think,’’ Mr Batey said.
‘‘There’s this concept that art shouldn’t be amusing .
When Benalla Art Gallery turned down an invitation last year from former Benalla man Mr Batey to host the 20th Bald Archy Prize exhibition, the Swanpool community jumped at the chance to bring the national event to their town.
Swanpool and District Community Development Association community planner Barry O’Connor said the exhibition would be run by volunteers who would record their five-hour shifts and nominate local community not-for-profit groups, which will receive 75 per cent of the profits.
The hall committee and Swanpool and District Community Development Association ‘‘bankrolled’’ the event and will receive the rest.
Since its opening in Canberra, the Bald Archy Prize exhibition of finalists has been breaking attendance records in Sydney, Gundagai, Coffs Harbour, West Wyalong and Brewarrina.Win win win!
The Bald Archy Prize exhibition will be open to the public daily from 9
For group bookings and more information phone 5768
For your chance to win a free double pass to the event, including a free double pass to Swanpool Cinema, answer this question: What is the winning piece of art in this year’s Bald Archy Prize?
Email the answer with your contact details to email@example.com or post to Benalla Ensign, Bald Archy Competition, 3/55 Carrier St, Benalla, 3671. The competition will close on Monday, August 19 at 5
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