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Archie at Home: In the Frame

Attend a virtual discussion between Archibald Prize-winner Peter Wegner, his subject Guy Warren and presenter Yumi Stynes.
By Sarah Ward
August 24, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
August 24, 2021
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Those looking to get some insight into the winner of this year's Archibald Prize can tune into a free online talk with the artist Peter Wegner and his subject Guy Warren on Tuesday, August 24. The pair will be discussing the prize-winning artwork for In the Frame with beloved TV and radio presenter Yumi Stynes.

After the 2020 award was delayed due to COVID-19, this year's gong was handed out as normal — but now the Art Gallery of NSW exhibition that always follows has been impacted by Greater Sydney's current lockdown. So, the folks at AGNSW have released a virtual version of the popular showcase, which means both at-home Sydneysiders and folks around the rest of the country can view 2021's top portraits from their couch, as well as attend special online programming like In the Frame.

Every year for the past century, the Archibald Prize has recognised exceptional works of portraiture by Australian artists. In 2021, from a field of 52 finalists, the coveted award has gone to Melbourne-based artist Peter Wegner for Portrait of Guy Warren at 100.

A unanimous decision by this year's judges, Wegner's portrait of the centenarian and fellow artist obviously won the gong in a fitting year. "Guy Warren turned 100 in April — he was born the same year the Archibald Prize was first awarded in 1921," Wegner said. "This is not why I painted Guy, but the coincidence is nicely timed."

Wegner's win came after an equal number of works from both male and female artists made the finalists list for the first time in Archibald history — all of which you can now scope out from home, alongside entries and winners for the Wynne and Sir John Sulman prizes, too. Across the three prizes, 2144 entries were received this year, which is the second-highest number ever after 2020. And, the three prizes received the highest-ever number of entries from Indigenous artists.

The discussion between Wegner, Warren and Stynes will be live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook from 7.30pm and will run for 30 minutes, and will be available to watch after it streams on the Art Gallery of NSW's YouTube channel.

Archibald Prize 2021. Peter Wegner, 'Portrait of Guy Warren at 100'. Oil on canvas, 120.5 x 151.5 cm. © the artist. Photo: AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins. Sitter: Guy Warren.

Top image: Archibald Prize 2021 finalist. Kirsty Neilson, 'Making noise'. Oil on linen, 50.1 x 60.1 cm, © the artist. Photo: AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins.

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