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Archibald finalists revealed


Photograph: AGNSW, Jenni Carter

One of Australia’s best known and most popular art awards, the finalists feature a diverse line up of subjects, including politicians, actors, musicians, artists and athletes. The prize will celebrate its centenary in 2021.

This year newcomer Jamie Preisz has taken out the Packing Room Prize for his portrait of musician Jimmy Barnes. The prize is awarded to the best entry in the Archibald Prize, as judged by the gallery staff who are responsible for unpacking and hanging the entries.

“I was really pleased with the concept of painting me with my hands strapped like a boxer – I remember my father strapping his hands like this for a fight so it was something that appealed to me,” Barnes said.

“I’ve fought a lot of battles myself in life and I think this painting really captures that. I’m really happy with the outcome,” he added.

The winner of the Archibald Prize will be announced on 11 May 2018 and the People’s Choice Award will be revealed on 15 August.

Finalists for the Wynne and Sulman Prizes and the Young Archie competition have also been announced. The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture, while the Sulman Prize is given to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.

Exhibitions of the finalists in all prizes will run until 9 September, and then the Archibald Prize exhibition will tour regional Victoria and New South Wales until June 2019.

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