CARRUM Downs artist Jaq Grantford’s portrait of actor Noni Hazlehurst has won the People’s Choice Award in this year’s Archibald Prize.
The win marked Grantford’s first time as an Archibald Prize finalist and her work will be on display with 56 other portraits at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery from 15 September to 5 November.
Events being held at the gallery to align with the Archibald Prize:
- Oil painting portraiture masterclasses with Packing Room Prize 2023 winning artist Andrea Huelin or People’s Choice Award winner Jaq Grantford.
- A two-course lunch at Montalto, Red Hill South, featuring a conversation Jaq Grantford and Noni Hazlehurst who joins via zoom.
- Conversation at MPRG with People’s Choice winning artist Julia Gutman and MPRG director Danny Lacy (food and wine will be served).
- Friday Unwinds – a Friday night pass to admire the Archibald Prize artworks after dark with wine and cheese plus talks with artists Jill Ansell and Jaq Grantford.
- A September school Holiday program for little art ones which includes a kids portraiture workshop with Packing Room Prize 2023 winning artist Andrea Huelin and Alanah Brand.
- Artist talks, workshops, artist and sitter conversations and gallery tours.
The gallery’s cafe partner Commonfolk will serve coffee and “seasonal tucker”.
The Archibald Prize 2023 will be on display at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington from 15 September to 5 November.