Archies sitters: ‘distinguished in the arts’
By the Art Gallery of NSW
The Archibald Prize is awarded, in the terms of the will of the late JF Archibald dated 15 March 1916, to the best portrait ‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia during the 12 months preceding the date fixed by the Trustees for sending in the pictures’.
Presented are some of this year's finalists, whose sitters are ‘distinguished in the arts’.
Stage and film
Arts administrators and gallerists
Alice Fraser is an ex-academic, ex-corporate lawyer comedian. With a Masters degree in English Literature from Cambridge, she has carried her love of literature, poetry, performing and discussion over into the realms of stand-up comedy. She is also a regular contributor to television and radio.
Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian rapper and poet from Queanbeyan. He has released three hip hop albums, two poetry books, appeared on ABC’s Q&A, and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House.
Elizabeth Farrelly is a Sydney-based columnist and author. She holds a PhD in architecture and several international writing awards. A former editor and Sydney City Councillor, she is also Associate Professor of Urbanism at the University of NSW.
‘Charlie is a very complex person. He isn’t just a law man. He’s a writer, a social environmentalist and is involved in film, photography and theatre too. Despite personal struggles with his own demons over the years, he has managed to dedicate most of his time to the welfare of others.' - Nigel Milsom