The Archibald Prize 2021 exhibition is coming to MRAG!

Australia’s favourite portrait exhibition, the Archibald Prize, will be coming to Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) in early 2022 as part of the tour throughout New South Wales and Victoria.

The showcase provides a valuable opportunity for the widespread Hunter community to see all the finalists in the Archibald Prize 2021 which this year celebrates 100 years since the first award.

One of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art awards, the portraits feature many prominent figures of Australian culture, from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists, and are judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW.

MRAG Director Gerry Bobsien says, ‘Nothing beats an exhibition loaded with history, tradition, celebrity and even controversy.

‘The Archibald Prize captures everyone’s attention and creates opportunities for us to marvel at the way artists capture a character on canvas. The Gallery hosted the Prize seven years ago and we are thrilled to be partnering with the Art Gallery of NSW to bring the Archibald Prize to Maitland once again.’

MRAG will host the exhibition from 22 January to 6 March 2022. Tickets will be on sale from December 2021.

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