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Arts / Culture ian 2/1/2014

Bert Newton Bald Archy PrizeWell! For the 21st year Maude the sulphur-crested cockatoo has passed judgement on Australian art and has come up with a winner for the 2014 Bald Archys. Maude claims to be as qualified as any other art judge in the country and who are we to argue with that.

This year’s winner has already won previously (in 2010) with a portrait of Bert Newton, titled ‘Patti’s Cake’ (right). The talented artis, Judy Nadin, is a Newcastle lass. This year Judy’s portrait prizewinner subject is a lovely satirical piece of paceman Mitchell Johnson titled ‘Wrecking Balls: Ashes to Ashes’. Here’s a link to Judy’s blog.

The exhibition opened in Canberra on January 31 and runs until March 2 at the Watson Arts Centre (1 Aspinall Street, Watson) – open from 10:00am to 4:00pm, admission $5 (concession $4).

After Canberra the exhibition will tour to such far flung artistic meccas as Sydney and Gundagai. Apart from being famous for the Dog on the Tuckerbox and the town I grew up in, the founder of the Bald Archys, Peter Batey OAM, is now on the Gundagai Shire Council. He started this tongue in cheek competition in a wee place just out of Gundagai called Coolac as part of the Coolac Festival of Fun - and it has now established itself as an iconic eccentric artistic event.

If you are coming to Canberra from out of town, Rydges Capital Hill will give you a warm and animated welcome!

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