Artists Deliver Final Archibald Entries | West Central Daily

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The last of hundreds of artworks vying for this year’s Archibald Prize have been unpacked at the Art Gallery of NSW. Friday was the last day for entries to be delivered to the Sydney gallery as part of preparations for the 2022 Archibald Prize, the country’s most prestigious portrait prize. Australian artist Paul Newton personally submitted his painting of Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness before the deadline. Entries for the Archibald, as well as the Wynne Prize for landscapes or sculptures and the Sulman Prize for subject paintings, arrived from across the country this week. Among them was a high-profile entry by Kurdish refugee Mostafa Azimitabar, who spent eight years in detention before his release in early 2021. He painted a self-portrait with toothbrushes and coffee, to signify the only material that he had in detention, in addition to some acrylic paint. In a social media post on Friday afternoon, the gallery praised the work of its packing room team after a busy week making deliveries from artists, their representatives and couriers. “Each year they spring into action with efficiency, skill and irresistible good humor, thrilled to meet artists who put creativity, insight and hope into their creations,” he tweeted. “Thank you to everyone who fought the rain for bringing their brilliant art and beaming smiles (not to mention several adorable pets) to the loading dock for 2022.” The 2022 Archibald Prize has a $100,000 scholarship for the winning entry, to be announced in May. Australian Associated Press

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