I recently had the pleasure of spending a leisurely Sunday morning at The Art Gallery of NSW with my family. The main purpose of our visit was to view the Archibald, Sulman and Wynne prize exhibitions which are currently being displayed until 28 September 2014.
The Archibald Prize is awarded to the best painting of a notable Australian. My favourite portrait was that of Anna Meares by Phillip Barnes. It clearly shows the determination and focus of this champion cyclist.
The winning Archibald Prize 2014 portrait was Fiona Lowry's reflective painting of Penny Seidler.
The Packing Room Prize 2014 was awarded to Tim Storrier's Sir Les Patterson painting.
The Sulman Prize is awarded to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an artist resident in Australasia. The 2014 winning painting by Andrew Sullivan, T-rex (tyrant lizard king), received a big thumbs up from my youngest son.
After viewing the exhibitions we indulged in some scrumptious morning tea in the outdoor section of the Art Gallery Cafe, where my kids delighted in handfeeding the rainbow lorikeets their leftovers. These birds must be the best fed birds in Sydney!
I don't know if the waiters were too impressed however, this lorikeet sent the glass tumbling to the ground, shattering it, as it took off.
As we were on our way out of the gallery we were pleasantly surprised to hear the soaring voice of opera singer Arax Mansourian in the Grand Courts area of the gallery. Unbeknownst to us, every 2nd and last Sunday of the month from 11 May to 30 November 2014 at 12.30pm, there is a one hour free classical music concert by the Australian Institute of Music. This free concert was absolutely magnificent. The high ceilings and large gallery room full of priceless Australian art works was the perfect setting. Visit the Art Gallery's website for more details http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/calendar/sunday-concert-series-2014/ .
There are numerous other free activities and events that the Art Gallery of NSW hosts. See their website for more details http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/calendar/type/free/ . Admission to the Art Gallery of NSW is free although entry to special exhibitions, such as the Archibald, does attract a small entry fee.
Finally, the Art Gallery of NSW is also the perfect Sydney tourist attraction to take overseas visitors to. It houses an extensive Australian and Aboriginal art collection with free daily guided tours of these collections. What better way to learn about the history of Australia and the aborigines!
Do you make use of free cultural activities in your home town?
What fabulous and fun places do you take your overseas visitors to?
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