Hidden Faces of the Archibald Exhibition celebrates its 10th year on display at the prestigious award winning Hilton Melbourne South Wharf from July 2 –September 1.
Now well established in Melbourne’s arts calendar, Hidden Faces showcases 43 exciting and diverse paintings of such subjects as entertainers: Wil Anderson, The Seekers, Claudia Chan Shaw (The Collectors), Comedian Jo Stanley, Soprano, Greta Bradman, Indigenous performer, Noel Tovey, Film & TV Director, Rod Hardy, folk-singer, ‘Dutch’ Tilders, Brian Nankervis, & Tania de Jong AM; Sportsmen: Daniel Kowalski & Stephanie Gilmore; Artists: Lewis Miller, Marianne Baillieu, Charles Billich, & Dr. Rhyl Hinwood AM; along with World Snooker Champion, Neil Robertson, Prof. Patrick Mc Gorry AO, Barry Jones AO, Julian Burnside QC & ABC TV’s Alan Kohler.
Curator/manager of Hidden Faces, Jacqueline Taylor OAM says, “Hidden Faces has done it again! This year’s exhibition is the best yet. The stunning Hilton Melbourne South Wharf is the perfect location to exhibit these outstanding works by Victorian artists Matthew Quick, Geoff La Gerche, Jacquie Blight, Jim van Geet, Helen Edwards, Phil Suter, Fu Hong, Phillip Barnes, Ursula Theinert and Jacqui Grantford.”
“The consistent high quality of these contemporary portraits suits the profile of the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf”, says General Manager, Michael Bourne. “We are delighted to host this wonderful selection of artworks with OzLink Entertainment.”
The Hidden Faces exhibition follows in the long tradition of the French Impressionists of the 1860s who held a breakaway exhibition from the reactionary French Academy. In the inaugural Salon des Refusés, held in 1864 by command of Napoleon III, the exhibits included works by the acclaimed artists Edmund Manet and Paul Cezanne.
Known in art circles as the Victorian Salon des Refusés, Hidden Faces (open exclusively to Victorian artists) runs in tandem with the touring of the Archibald show, offering the unique opportunity for Victorians to rival the ‘official’ Prize selection.
Visitors to the exhibition are invited to enter the People’s Choice Award and vote for their personal favourite with prizes provided by the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf.
WHAT: WHERE: WHEN: COST:
THE 2011 HIDDEN FACES OF THE ARCHIBALD Hilton Melbourne South Wharf, 2 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf 2 July — 1 September, 2011 Free of charge — open all day every day