Sunday was on the agenda, and Ryan, Mum and I shipped off to Gundagai for a tour of the Bald Archy art exhibition.
The Bald Archy, a political satire of the Archibald, Australia’s most prodigious art competition, was started in 1994 by Peter Beatie. Peter may or may not be a Gundagai local, but forget Peter. The thing to remember about the Bald Archy is that it is judged by a sulphur crested cocaktoo (and I would think that the viewer votes also count for something).
Unfortunately there are some policies about posting pictures of other people’s artworks online before they’re judged, and so I don’t have any pictures of the art itself. You can check out some of it here (and if you’re in the position to catch the exhibition in its tours around Sydney and such, I’d highly recommend a look). That nude of Dame Edna was certainly a sight to behold.
Luckily for you and me, the Bald Archy starts its national tour in the Old Gundagai Gaol – that is to say, Gundagai’s old jail, not the jail of Old Gundagai. The jail itself is an interesting building with a lot of character, and what appears to be minimal security measures allowing for some great views over the town;
There’s also this fantastic sculpture on the grounds;
Run rabbit, run!
I’d love to enter the Bald Archy or the Archibald one day. Pity I can’t paint! XD