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Celebrity events: Archibald Prize 2014

Interviews, talks and a comedic routine

Join us to celebrate everyone’s favourite art event – the Archibald Prize. From special interviews with this year’s artists to talks by your favourite celebrities and a special comedic routine, this is a series not to be missed!

Image: Richard Glover

Wednesdays 6.30pm
23 July - 24 September 2014
27 August talk is Auslan interpreted


Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court

Related exhibition: Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2014

Related program: Portraits at the Gallery 2014

Penelope Seidler and Fiona Lowry with Margaret Throsby

Join ABC Classic FM presenter Margaret Throsby in conversation with the 2014 Archibald Prize winner Fiona Lowry and the subject of her portrait Penelope Seidler.


Wednesday 23 July 2014 6:30pm – 7pm

The Honourable Michael Kirby

Michael Kirby was formerly Justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from 1996 to 2009. The judge, jurist and academic is a National Trust Australian Living Treasure and was awarded the Gruber Prize for Justice in 2010. Michael joins us to discuss what is it really like to be the subject of a portrait. He will describe his encounters with artists Judy Cassab, Ralph Heimans, Jo Palaitis and Ross Watson.


Wednesday 30 July 2014 6:30pm – 7pm

Wendy Sharpe and Paul Mallam with Tom Tilley

Join Triple J’s Tom Tilley in conversation with two very different 2014 Archibald Prize finalists – lawyer and first-time entrant Paul Mallam and seasoned finalist and 1996 Archibald winner Wendy Sharpe. Hear the stories behind their paintings as Tom compares and contrasts their portraits, artistic approaches and careers.


Wednesday 6 August 2014 6:30pm – 7pm

Emma Ayres and Martin Tighe with Richard Morecroft

Normally ABC Classic FM’s Emma Ayres is the interviewer. Tonight she is the subject. Broadcaster Richard Morecroft will interview Emma Ayres along with Martin Tighe, who painted her Archibald Prize 2014 portrait. Hear about Emma’s experience as a sitter and her fascinating story, from classically trained musician to radio presenter as described in her recently released Cadence: travels with music – a memoir. We’ll also hear about Martin’s artistic practice and his experience as a first-time Archibald finalist.


Wednesday 13 August 2014 6:30pm – 7pm

Debra Oswald

Debra Oswald is a noted stage, film, television and children’s fiction writer. Some of her acclaimed publications include Gary’s house, Sweet road, The peach season and Dags. Most recently Debra co-created the popular television series Offspring on which she remains head writer. Debra joins us to share her literary top tips for character development and to consider how she 'paints’ portraits with words.


Wednesday 20 August 2014 6:30pm – 7pm

Wendy Whiteley in conversation with Jonathan Biggins

Wendy Whiteley’s former husband, the late Brett Whiteley, won the prestigious Archibald Prize in both 1976 and 1978. Wendy joins us to reflect on this achievement and to consider what it meant for Brett’s career trajectory. She will also discuss the importance of prizes for artists more generally and tell us a little about the Brett Whiteley: portraits exhibition currently on display at the Brett Whiteley Studio.

This talk will be Auslan interpreted


Wednesday 27 August 2014 6:30pm – 7pm

The Honourable Bob Carr

Bob Carr is the longest continuously serving premier in New South Wales history. Despite retiring from politics in 2005, he was designated by Prime Minister Julia Gillard to be Australia’s Foreign Minister in March 2012. In his 18 months in that role, he kept a diary documenting a whirl of high-stakes events on the world stage€“, the election of Australia to the UN Security Council, the war in Syria and meetings with the most powerful people on the planet, as well as the gripping domestic backdrop of Labor Party infighting, plummeting polls and a leadership change from Gillard back to Rudd. In the wake of his recent publication of Diary of a foreign minister, Bob Carr joins us to reflect on what it means to commit oneself to words and how he created this self-portrait.


Wednesday 3 September 2014 6:30pm – 7pm

Benjamin Law

Journalist and author Benjamin Law joins us to comment on a current trend – the rise of the 'selfie’ in digital photography. Particularly when placed on social media, is the selfie an accurate or valid form of self-portraiture? Hear why Benjamin thinks this trend is currently proving so popular. Is it because we are a society of narcissists? Benjamin’s witty social commentary can be found weekly in Good Weekend magazine. He has written for over 50 Australian and international publications and is a frequent contributor to frankie and The Monthly. His debut book The family law (2010) was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards. He has also released Gaysia: adventures in the Queer East (2012) and co-authored a comedy book Shit Asian mothers say (2014).


Wednesday 10 September 2014 6:30pm – 7pm

Justin Heazlewood

Justin Heazlewood is an award-winning author, musician and performer. He has written for Mess+noise and The Big Issue and was a senior writer for Frankie. He self-published his first book The Bedroom Philosopher diaries, earning praise from Neil Gaiman. As 'The Bedroom Philosopher’ he has released three albums including the ARIA-nominated Songs from the 86 tram. The single ‘Northcote (So hungover)’ was a Triple J hit with the award-winning video receiving half a million views online. Justin recently released an EP I don’t know what I’m doing with my life and his latest book Funemployed. Justin joins us for a humorous look at contemporary art and the struggles of being an artist in Australia.

Watch I don’t know what I’m doing with my life on YouTube


Wednesday 17 September 2014 6:30pm – 7pm

Erik Jensen and Richard Glover

Following the recent release of Acute misfortune: the life and death of Adam Cullen, journalist Erik Jensen joins us to reflect on this undertaking. In 2008 the Archibald Prize-winning artist Adam Cullen invited Erik to stay in his spare room and write his biography. This four-year undertaking was to be fraught with difficulty and danger – at one point Cullen shot Jensen to see how committed he was to the book. Joined by fellow writer and broadcaster Richard Glover, Erik will share how he has portrayed the life and death of one of Australia’s most celebrated artists.


Wednesday 24 September 2014 6:30pm – 7pm