Thursday 30 March 2017
Right now, Australia’s biggest and most loved portraiture exhibition is gracing the walls of the Bega Valley Regional Gallery and the viewing hours have been extended to help everyone see the artworks on display.
The Archibald Prize Regional Tour landed at the BVRG last week and people have been flooding in to see all 51 of the finalist portraits since the grand opening on Friday.
To respond to high demand, the Gallery has extended its Saturday opening hours from 9am – 4pm, and Monday – Friday hours will be the usual 10am – 4pm.
BVRG Director, Iain Dawson said that local tourism magazine, iMag, reported the Gallery will open on Sundays from 10am – 2pm, but unfortunately this was printed in error.
“There is still a great opportunity to experience this renowned exhibition on weekends with the extended hours on Saturday,” he said.
“We’re already a region well known for world class portraiture prizes and exhibitions, with the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, and the Shirl, and to now have the Archibald hanging from our walls is a huge win.
“Portraiture has something about it. The subjects look at you and as part of an exchange they demand you look back at them. People often stop to think about the works in front of them, but also about the artist, the subject and the moment the posture or expression was captured,” Mr Dawson said.
The Archibald Prize Regional Tour will be on exhibition until May 13. Entry is free.
For more details go to: https://gallery.begavalley.nsw.gov.au
Photograph: The Archibald Prize Regional Tour is running now at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery.