Adrienne Doig ‘What do we want?’ 2020 (detail), created for ‘Archie Plus’, 2020 © Adrienne Doig
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran at work on his project for ‘Archie Plus’ at Parramatta Artist Studios in Rydalmere, August 2020
Michaela Gleave ‘Messages of hope, messages of love’ 2020, as part of ‘Archie Plus’, 2020 © Michaela Gleave
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Celebrating people, portraiture and the power of community after a year of challenge and change
This summer the Art Gallery of NSW celebrates people, portraiture and the power of community with Archie Plus, a free program of art, music, performance and dance that marks a year of challenge and change and pays tribute to the acts of care, support and human resilience that have lifted, protected and inspired during 2020.
Enlarging on the portrait focus of the Archibald Prize, Archie Plus welcomes viewers to reflect and re-connect through portraits of many kinds – from exuberant ceramic sculptures by Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, to a spectacular mural by Studio A, to newly commissioned portraits in dance, music and spoken word by artists including L-FRESH The LION and Nardean, to a night-time lightwork by Michaela Gleave.
Together these offerings will create a vibrant trail of alternative and collective portraits in many mediums, flowing across the entire ground floor of the Gallery and the downstairs corridor leading into the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition. The array of portraits that make up Archie Plus will be revealed over a three-month period, with some of the artists and performers making work onsite at the Gallery, allowing visitors to follow their creative process.
Emphasising the spirit, humour, energy and heart that make art necessary in difficult times, Archie Plus will offer a portrait of the local artistic community in action, a portrait of a year, and a portrait of a city whose strength lies in its diversity.
Find details of the artist projects, exhibitions and performances online here and follow the Archie Plus journey as it evolves on Together In Art.