Bald Archy Prize

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The Bald Archy is an Australian art prize, a parody of the Archibald Prize, an important portraiture award. It usually includes cartoons or humorous works making fun of Australian celebrities. It is judged by Maude, a cockatoo.[1] It began in 1994 at the Coolac Festival of Fun, in the tiny town of Coolac near Gundagai, New South Wales but is now a popular event presented in Sydney, Melbourne and other locations.

Since 2005 the home of this art competition and its accompanying exhibition is the Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga. However, in 2008, the prize was announced during the Canberra portion of the national tour.

List of winners[edit]

Year - Artist - Title (Subject)

External links[edit]


  1. ^, Official Web Site
  2. ^ Irreverent portrait of Danish royals wins Australian art prize, AFP, 11 March 2008 (+ accessed)
  3. ^ Cummings portrait wins satirical Bald Archy, ABC Online, 9 March 2008
  4. ^ "Toilet take on pollies wins Bald Archy". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Rinehart portrait wins Bald Archy - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  6. ^ Herrick, Robert (31 January 2014). "Bald Archy Prize: Miley Cyrus-influenced portrait of wrecking ball Mitchell Johnson takes out top gong". ABC News. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Winners | Bald Archy Prize". Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  8. ^ Rice, Deborah (22 July 2016). "Controversial Cardinal George Pell portrait wins irreverent 2016 Bald Archy Prize". ABC News Australia. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 July 2016.