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An evening with the Archibald

Tuesday, 19th May, 2015

Art Gallery education officer Ian Howarth is encouraging the community to attend a night of elegance to raise money towards the $20,000 restoration of the frame for the painting ‘Vae Victus, the Sack of Morocco’ (pictured). Art Gallery education officer Ian Howarth is encouraging the community to attend a night of elegance to raise money towards the $20,000 restoration of the frame for the painting ‘Vae Victus, the Sack of Morocco’ (pictured).

As part of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery’s Art Restoration Project, there will be a night of fine food and elegance to open the regional tour of the Archibald Prize.

Since its inception in 1921, the Archibald Prize has continued to be one of Australia’s most prestigious art awards and never fails to draw interest, attention and debate.

Awarded to the best portrait painting, the Archibald Prize is a who’s who of Australian culture - from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists. 

This year, 54 finalists were short-listed by the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 884 entries. 

Ultimately, Fiona Lowry was deemed the winner, receiving $75,000 for her portrait; Penelope Seidler.

The exhibition will be opened by Reg Richardson AM who is the subject of the eponymous painting by Mitch Cairns. 

Reg was born in Broken Hill in 1939 and went to the local Marist Brothers school where he completed the Intermediate Certificate. 

He went on to work at the offices of the Zinc Corporation and studied accountancy at Broken Hill Technical College. At 19 he left Broken Hill for the bright lights of Sydney. 

He began running his own businesses at the age of 32. 

He has owned and managed diverse businesses including information storage and management, wholesale pharmaceutical distribution, property development and investment. 

Reg has returned annually to Broken Hill with his wife Sally to attend the St Pat Races since the 1970s and he still has friends and relatives in town. 

The evening will include catering by the Gourmet Chef, and drinks, which are included in the price of the ticket. 

Gallery and Council staff, along with Gallery volunteers will be donating their time for the event. 

Join us for fabulous art-filled evening. Tickets will be on sale until the 29th of May and cost $89. 

There is a discounted price available to Gallery Members. 

The 2014 Archibald Prize Regional Tour an Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW.

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