2002 Archibald, Wynne, Sulman & Dobell Prizes
|Always Australia’s most extraordinary art event, the Archibald Prize, now in its 81st year, is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art awards. Combined with the Wynne, Sulman and Dobell Prizes, lively debate and controversy is assured.|
The winners of all four prizes will be announced to the media only on Friday 31 May at 12 noon.
With the financial support of the Colonial Foundation Trust, the winner of the Archibald Prize receives $35,000, the Wynne Prize for landscape painting $15,000, and the Sulman Prize for subject/genre painting and/or mural work $10,000. The winner of the Dobell Prize for Drawing receives $10,000, presented by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation.
Monday 20 to Friday 24 May, between 8am and 4pm each day
Entries for all prizes will be received at the Art Gallery of New South between 8am and 4pm from Monday 20 to Friday 24 May.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF ARTISTS SHORTLISTED FOR ALL PRIZES, AND THE PACKING ROOM PRIZE
Wednesday 29 May at 12 noon (media only)
The names of artists selected for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, and the Dobell Prize for Drawing will be announced to the media only on Wednesday 29 May at 12 noon. The names will be advertised nationally on Thursday 30 May.
At the same time the Packing Room Prize will be announced. This highly coveted prize of $500 is awarded by the burly blokes behind the scenes who receive, unpack and hang all the entries. First awarded in 1991, the Packing Room Prize is adjudicated by the Gallery’s Storeman, Steve Peters – who continues to claim his right to 51% of the votes.
The 2001 Packing Room Prize was won by Paul Newton for his painting Roy and H.G.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS
Friday 31 May at 12 noon (media only)
The winners of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes and the winner of the Dobell Prize for Drawing will be announced to the media on Friday 31 May at 12 noon.
The exhibition will be on view to the public from Saturday 1 June to Sunday 21 July.
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Friday 12 July at 12 noon
Since 1988 the public has had the opportunity to vote for their favourite portrait in the Archibald exhibition. This year the winner of the 'People’s Choice' will be announced on Friday 12 July at 12 noon. Both the artist and the selected voter will each be presented with $2,500.
The 2001 People’s Choice was won by Paul Newton for his painting Roy and H.G. – this was the first time ever that the People’s Choice prize winner had also won the Packing Room Prize.
The Archibald Prize
Jules Francois Archibald’s primary aim, through his bequest of 1919, was to foster portraiture, as well as support artists, and perpetuate the memory of great Australians.
Amongst many controversies, these original aims have certainly been fulfilled and indeed many believe the Archibald Prize has done more than any other single event to stimulate and sustain public interest in the art of portrait painting in Australia.
The Archibald Prize was first awarded in 1921, and over the years some of Australia’s prominent artists have won, including George Lambert (1927), William Dobell (1943, 48 and 59) and Brett Whiteley (1976 and 78). The subjects of Archibald winners have been equally celebrated in their fields and include ‘Banjo’ Patterson, Margaret Olley, Patrick White and Paul Keating.
The 2001 Archibald Prize was won by Nicholas Harding for his portrait John Bell as King Lear.
The Archibald Prize is judged by the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The Wynne Prize
In the terms of the bequest of the late Richard Wynne of Mount Wilson who died in 1895, the Wynne Prize is awarded to what the judges consider to be the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours, or for the best example of figure sculpture by an Australian artist.
It was first awarded in 1897, in honour of the official opening of the Art Gallery of New South Wales at its present site. Many winning paintings have become icons in Australian landscape painting, entering the collections of public art museums: Hans Heysen’s watercolour Summer, a consummate masterpiece of 1909, and Russell Drysdale’s classic Sofala of 1947 were both purchased for the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. No less than eight Wynne Prize winning entries purchased by the Gallery are currently hanging in the Parallel Visions collection exhibition. In 1982 Lloyd Rees’s Morning on the Derwent was purchased for Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
The winner of the 2001 Wynne Prize was Aida Tomescu for Platra.
The Wynne Prize is judged by the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Entries in the Wynne Prize are also considered by the judges for The Trustees’ Watercolour Prize ($2,000) and for the John & Elizabeth Newham Pring Memorial Prize ($250).
The Sulman Prize
The Sulman Prize is awarded for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist. Established within the terms of the late Sir John Sulman’s bequest, it was first awarded in 1936. In 1991 Kevin Connor’s painting Najaf (Iraq) won the prize and this painting was purchased by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
The winner of the 2001 Sulman Prize was Euan Macleod for Exquisite Corpse with Fire.
The judge of the 2002 Sulman Prize is John Wolseley.
The Dobell Prize for Drawing
To coincide with the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, the Art Gallery of New South Wales hosts the Dobell Prize for Drawing, now in its 10th year. Sponsored by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, the Prize was initiated in order to encourage excellence in drawing and draughtsmanship.
The winner of the Dobell Prize receives $10,000, and the winning work is automatically acquired for the Gallery’s collection.
The winner of the 2001 Dobell Prize for Drawing was Nicholas Harding for Eddy Avenue (3).
The judge for the 2002 Dobell Prize for Drawing is Jan Senbergs.
The NSW Regional Tour of the Archibald Prize is managed by the Museums and Galleries Foundation of New South Wales (telephone (02) 9339 9906.
Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
27 July to 24 August 2002
Muswellbrook Art Gallery
6 September to 4 October 2002
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre
11 October to 10 November 2002
George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre
15 November 2002 to 2 February 2003
The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes are supported by the Colonial Foundation Limited:
The Colonial Foundation
In 1996, The Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Ltd., after 123 years as a mutual life insurance society, demutualised and, in 1997, was listed on the stock exchange as Colonial Limited. As part of the demutualisation, and in order to reflect in some way its origin as a mutual society, formed to provide a service to its members and the communities it served, the Colonial Foundation Trust was created. Colonial Foundation Limited was formed to act as trustee of the Trust.
Following the merger of Colonial Limited with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in June 2000, Colonial Foundation Limited became fully independent, with the responsibility of carrying out the broadly defined charitable objectives of the Colonial Foundation Trust.
The Colonial Foundation is delighted to provide financial support for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes consistent with one of its objectives, that of improving community quality of life through the arts and cultural activities.
Sir Ninian Stephen
Colonial Foundation Limited
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