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The Bald Archy Prize

A painting of Bald Archy Founder Peter Batey riding Maude the Cockatoo, flying through a cloudy sky.
A painting of Bald Archy Founder Peter Batey riding Maude the Cockatoo, flying through a cloudy sky.

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Australia’s premier satirical art prize, the Bald Archy Prize, is back for 2024. Celebrating the lighter side of art and the larrikin Australian spirit, they are looking forward to a host of portraits that will make you think, make you talk and most of all make you laugh.

Created in 1994 as a spoof of that more serious competition, the Bald Archy Prize provides artists of all styles and standards with a genuine opportunity to create portrait paintings of humour, dark satire, light comedy or caricature. Known internationally as the only art competition in the world to be judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude, the satirical side of this event encapsulates the irreverent, larrikin Australian spirit in a way that appeals to people from all walks of life.

After the passing of Peter Batey in 2019, the administration of the Bald Archy Prize was handed over to the Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga. Returning for its 28th year in 2024, the Bald Archy Prize is again calling for artworks to carry on the fine tradition of having a laugh while enjoying art.

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