The Bega Valley Regional Gallery is preparing to play host to the biggest and most famous art prize in Australia.
The 2016 Archibald Prize opens at the Gallery on March 24, and is one of only six galleries outside of Sydney to host the touring exhibition, with the works of all 51 finalists on show and is expected to attract up to 500 visitors each day.
Monaro based artist and 2016 Archibald finalist Lucy Culliton will open the exhibition.
Meanwhile later this year, the Gallery will curate and host the only national portrait prize for young artists – The Shirl, which is open to 16 to 25 year olds with a $10,000 prize on offer, and is an extension on the long running Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize.
Photo: ‘Lucy and fans’ by Lucy Culliton, 2016 Archibald finalist.