Final weeks of Archie 100 in Tasmania
Community members are encouraged to make the most of the final weeks of the Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize exhibition, currently on display at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.
QVMAG has been proud to welcome the exhibition as the exclusive Tasmanian venue as part of the national tour in celebration of 100 years of the Prize.
Since the exhibition opened on 22 October 2022, the exhibition has welcomed over 8,000 visitors from across Tasmania and is now in its final three weeks of display.
As part of the exhibition tour a series of public programs were launched, designed to activate the Museum and City with portraiture activities such as free portrait drawing sessions at local markets, learn to draw workshops for families, a live art to live music display, exhibition floor talks and more.
City of Launceston Mayor Danny Gibson said it has been brilliant to see such an extraordinary display of national art on tour in Launceston.
"It has been great to see Launceston as the exclusive Tasmanian tour destination for this Archie 100 exhibition," Mayor Gibson said.
"The exhibition has found a brilliant location in QVMAG, and visitation numbers for the exhibition so far speak to this.
"For anyone who is yet to explore this exhibition, I encourage you to make the trip to the Museum at Inveresk and explore this incredible display of art and history before it closes in Tasmania on January 8."
QVMAG General Manager of Creative Arts and Cultural Services Shane Fitzgerald said the exhibition has been a huge hit for Tasmanians.
"The feedback that has been shared with me from industry, community and visitors about this exhibition tour to QVMAG has been nothing short of fantastic," Fitzgerald said.
"To welcome this calibre of art to Tasmania as part of the national Archie 100 exhibition tour has been a win for the entire State, and something we can all collectively celebrate.
"I look forward to welcoming more Launceston-exclusive experiences for Tasmanians in 2023--we have a great year ahead at QVMAG."
QVMAG Senior Curator of Visual Art and Design Ashley Bird said the exhibition showcased an incredible display of history and art.
"What's so great about this exhibition is the diversity of works on display and the rich stories that visitors have been able to explore," Bird said.
"Works on display span each decade of the Archibald Prize which allows visitors to really see how artistic styles have evolved for portraiture across the years. It also showcases important stories of societal change that has taken place during the same period."
Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize is on display at the Museum at Inveresk (2 Invermay Road) until 8 January 2023.
Ticket sales are available at the door prior to entry, or online via the QVMAG Eventbrite page. For more information visit www.qvmag.tas.gov.au