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Bald Archy on show in Bourke

Bourke’s Team Leader of Tourist Operations Ben Nott, hanging ‘Patties Cake’. PHOTO Noel Fisher

In a major promotional coup, Bourke Shire Council has secured the Bald Archy for a month-long exhibition at the Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre.

The Bald Archy is one of Australia’s premier art events and this year the contest is celebrating 26 years as a vital part of the art scene.

Bourke Shire Council’s Manager of Economic Development, Mel Milgate, said to celebrate that milestone, the Bald Archy exhibition would be coming to Bourke with 26 works - one from each year since it began in 1998.

“We are very proud and pleased to announce the Bald Archy, which shows the satirical side of the famous Archibald Prize, is coming to Bourke” Melanie said.

“Bourke will host the best of the Bald Archies in an exhibition for a month from May 27 to June 26 at the Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre.

“There is an open invitation to anyone and everyone to come and enjoy the art works, with a $10 entry fee.

“We are also inviting everyone from the Bourke Shire and beyond to come along to the opening night at the Exhibition Centre function room, with tickets to that event just $20 and a chance to enjoy a great night, with finger food and drinks and a chance to experience all the fun of these incredible paintings,” she said.

Some of the Bald Archy exhibits that will hang in the Bourke exhibition include a portrait of Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson, with the subject depicted as singer Miley Cyrus in her video clip ‘Wrecking Ball’. Fellow cricketers Shane Warne and David Warner will also grace the walls, alongside Bert Newton, Julian Assange, Gina Rinehart, and others.

“This is massive coup for Bourke and I can’t wait to showcase this exhibition on opening,” Melanie said. “Every painting has a story behind it and even more exciting is that some of those art works will be for sale, so you could end up with a painting that you will be able to leave your grandchildren after you’ve gone.

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