Bald Archy opening a roaring success!


The offical opening of the Bald Archy Exhibition at the Back O’Bourke Function Centre last Friday. PHOTO TWH

The opening night of the Bald Archy Exhibition was held at the Back O’Bourke Function Centre on Friday night, where food and drinks were served to a crowd of art lovers who came out to view the character and wit of the works on display.

“The opening night was a wonderful celebration for the people of Bourke to immerse themselves in the pop culture that the Bald Archy’s brings,” Bourke Shire Council’s Manager of Tourism and Events, Fran Carter said.

“We had guests that had travelled from as far away as Sydney to be with us for this unique exhibition, where we are showcasing every Bald Archy winner since its inception in 1994.”

Arts Administrator, Peter Batey founded the Bald Archy Prize in 1994; after retiring to Coolac, a small town near Gundagai, where he created the Festival of Fun, of which the Bald Archy Prize was an essential part.

“It was meant to amuse,” he said about the exhibition in 2015, “apparently a problem with people who believe audible laughter shouldn’t be permitted in an art gallery, let alone unsolicited conversation with a complete stranger.”

“The art is well known for its wit and mockery of events over the past year and is sure to make you laugh,” Fran Carter picked up.

“If you haven’t already seen it, it is on display at the Back O’Bourke Function Centre until the 26th of June (excluding the June long weekend) from 10 am to 4 pm daily.”