Archibald Prize 2013 celebrity events
Interviews, talks and a special performance
Image: David Williamson
Margaret Throsby and Del Kathryn Barton
ABC Classic FM presenter in conversation with this year’s Archibald Prize winner.
Wednesday 27 March 2013 6:30pm – 7pm
Richard Glover, Abbey McCulloch, Michael Lindeman and Sarah Hendy
702 ABC Sydney radio presenter, in conversation with Archibald Prize finalists Abbey McCulloch, Michael Lindeman and Sarah Hendy. Abbey painted Naomi Watts after a sitting of only 15 minutes was granted with the actor just one week before the deadline for Archibald entries. Michael entered a humorous and rather unconventional self-portrait in the form of an open letter titled Dear Trustees (self-portrait). And Sarah painted fellow artist Jasper Knight who is also a finalist in this year’s Archibald and Sulman Prizes.
Wednesday 3 April 2013 6:30pm – 7pm
The Hon Michael Kirby
The Hon Michael Kirby was formerly Justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from 1996 to 2009. The judge, jurist and academic is no stranger to the Archibald Prize with his portrait painted by Josonia Palaitis being named a finalist in 2006. Justice Kirby’s talk is titled Art and law: a battleground.
Wednesday 10 April 2013 6:30pm – 7pm
David Williamson AO is one of Australia’s best-known and loved playwrights. He has won five Australian Film Institute awards and 12 Australian Writers’ Guild awards. David will address his work in creating portraits with words and his experiences as a sitter for several Archibald Prize portraits.
Wednesday 17 April 2013 6:30pm – 7pm
Tom Tilley, Mitch Cairns, Guy Morgan and Michael Zavros
Triple J reporter, in conversation with Archibald Prize finalists Mitch Cairns, Guy Morgan and Michael Zavros. All three artists have entered self-portraits. They will discuss this decision and how they have chosen to depict themselves. The panel will also consider the importance of prizes for artists.
Wednesday 24 April 2013 6:30pm – 7pm
Richard Morecroft, Jasper Knight and Mertim Gokalp
TV presenter, in conversation with Archibald Prize finalists Jasper Knight and Mertim Gokalp. This panel discussion will consider the role of portraiture as a record and in paying tribute. The subjects of both Jasper’s and Mertim’s 2013 Archibald portraits passed away. The artists will consider the impact that these deaths had on their practice and what it meant in terms of completing their respective portraits.
Wednesday 1 May 2013 6:30pm – 7pm
Last year Darren Percival captured the hearts of Australia on The voice TV show. Touring nationally, Darren has been treating audiences to songs from his debut album Happy home and his newly released A tribute to Ray Charles. Prior to The voice Darren wowed audiences with his live show Out of the loop where he performed under the guise of Mr Percival. Using looping pedals and other recording devices in his performances, Mr Percival transforms his voice into an amazing polyphonic instrument. The Gallery is very excited to welcome Mr Percival back to perform live at Art After Hours.
Wednesday 8 May 2013 6:30pm – 7pm
The Hon Nicola Roxon MP
The Hon Nicola Roxon MP became Australia’s first female Attorney-General in December 2011 and the Minister for Emergency Management in 2012. She resigned from these positions in February 2013. As part of the Federal Labor Government, Nicola served as Australia’s Health Minister for four years. She has received national and international awards for her accomplishments in tobacco control and joins us to discuss her distinguished political career. Nicola’s talk is titled Australian controversies – in politics, as in art.
This talk will be Auslan interpreted
Wednesday 22 May 2013 6:30pm – 7pm
Dr Graham Phillips
Graham is best known for his current role presenting ABC TV’s Catalyst. He is one of the most accomplished science communicators in Australia with 20 years experience as a journalist and commentator. With a PhD in astrophysics, Graham has lectured and researched at various universities and has published four popular science books. Programmed in accordance with the stipulations of the Archibald Prize, tonight we hear from this distinguished man of science.
Wednesday 29 May 2013 6:30pm – 7pm