Actor and playwright Meyne Wyatt was stunned when he won the 2020 Archibald Packing Room Prize. A first-time entrant, he created the winning self-portrait as something to do during Sydney’s COVID-19 lockdown. Normally, Meyne treads the boards in theatres around the country, most recently attracting acclaim for his performance in the self-penned play ‘City of gold’, which gained a whole new audience when he performed a heart-stopping excerpt on ABC TV’s Q&A program. It was a bold call-to-arms for Indigenous rights.
Meyne shares his artistic and theatrical journeys with writer and broadcaster Benjamin Law, kicking off our series of interviews with finalists from Australia’s favourite art prize.
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