Bald Archy returns to Art Space

September 06, 2017

Come along to Corowa Art Space from September 15 to view this year’s Bald Archy Prize exhibition.

The Bald Archy Prize exhibition will be on display at Corowa Art Space from Saturday, September 15 until Saturday, October 7.

The 2017 exhibition is controversial, critical and above all very comical.

The Bald Archy exhibition is known throughout the world for providing artists of all styles and standards with a genuine opportunity, ranging from the hilarious to the bizarrely vulgar, to create portrait paintings of humour, dark satire, light comedy, or caricature.

It is the only art event in the world to be judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude.

The Bald Archy Art Prize, which is the satirical alternative to its near namesake the Archibald Prize, is now in its 24th year.

Founded by Peter Batey in 1994, the competition accepts comic or satirical portraits of distinguished Australians in art, science, letters, politics, sport and the media.

The Bald Archy Prize can usually pinpoint the Australian politician who caused the biggest stir and ruffled the most feathers during that year.

In the past, these have been Tony Abbott, Jacqui Lambie and Clive Palmer.

Bald Archy's founder Peter Batey said you can usually predict who that might be.

“Years ago when Pauline Hanson first emerged we had something like 27 Pauline Hanson’s entered," he said.

"She's the prime one this year again - with a whole corner of the exhibition dedicated to her.”

exhibition will be on tour at ten locations throughout Australia including ACT, NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

Art Space is open every day from 10am to 4pm.

Entry is $5 for adults and free for children.

For group bookings and enquiries contact Federation Council on 6033 8999.

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