The Bald Archy Prize pays its first visit to Geelong

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The Bald Archy Prize pays its first visit to Geelong

If you’re a fan of art, as well as a fan of a laugh, The Bald Archy Prize is likely to tickle your fancy.

The Bald Archy Prize brings the two together – art and laughs – for what is Australia’s most popular and eccentric art competition for comic and satiric portraits. And, we are told that it is the only competition in the world to be judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude. Yes, you read correctly.

The competition – a spoof of the more serious Archibald prize – is now in its 24th year and is coming to Geelong for the first time ever, featuring at The National Wool Museum from 14 October to 11 November. And speaking of firsts, the Geelong installation will also mark the first time The Bald Archy Prize and the Archibald Prize will be on display in the same city at the same time.

It will feature 45 finalists, including that of politicians, athletes, entertainers and media representatives, just to name a few, who will be announced by The national Wool Museum and co-presenter, Rotary Club of Geelong, in conjunction with the event’s Founder/Director, Peter Batey OAM.

As part of the exhibition, The Bald Archy Prize finalist and local Geelong artist, Kristen Wiadrowski, will also demonstrate the process involved in crafting an entry to The Bald Archy Prize. Titled An Evening of Absurdity in Portraiture, the special event will take place at the National Wool Museum on 25 October, where attendees will be able to create their very own comedic portrait.

In the words of National Wool Museum Director, Padraic Fisher, “Self-reflection and social commentary through satire and humour… What could be more Australian?,” so as he suggests, “Go see that ‘other prize’, then meander down towards the waterfront to our bluestone jewel box for a slice of Aussie larrikinism.”

Entry: Adult $9 | Conc $7 (under 16 – free)

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