The Archies ‘Sale’ into Gippsland Art Gallery till November 21, in regional coup

Report by John Westbury. 

Australia’s favourite art award, the prestigious Archibald Prize for portraiture is coming to Victoria, and, the 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.

A total of 52 portraits will be 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 will be the Packing Room Prize winner, Kathrin Longhurst’s portrait of much loved singer Kate Ceberano.

PIC: AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins. Archibald Prize 2021 finalist, Julia Ciccarone self portrait: The sea within


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.
The Gippsland Art Gallery will display the Archibald Prize 2021 from Friday 8 October to Sunday 21 November 2021. The exhibition will feature a stunning collection of activities, tours and talks for all ages. Located in Sale in central Gippsland, the Gippsland Art Gallery is the only place to see this extraordinary exhibition in Victoria as part of the Archibald Prize 2021 regional Australian tour.
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Gippsland Art Gallery