Archie Plus

This summer the Art Gallery of NSW presents Archie Plus, a free program of art, music, performance and dance that marks a year of challenge and change and pays tribute to the acts of care, support and human resilience that have lifted, protected and inspired during 2020.

Enlarging on the portrait focus of the Archibald Prize, Archie Plus welcomes viewers to reflect and re-connect through portraits of many kinds. Emphasising the spirit, humour, energy and heart that make art welcome in difficult times, Archie Plus offers a portrait of the local artistic community in action, a portrait of a year, and a portrait of a city whose strength lies in its diversity.

Follow the Archie Plus journey in the Gallery until 21 February 2021 and here on Together In Art.

Images: Archie Plus building banner design by children from Plunkett St Public School, Woolloomooloo. This project was realised with the generous support of Peter Braithwaite and Michael Lao; Matthew Calandra, Emily Crockford, Annette Galstaun, Lauren Kerjan, Jaycee Kim, Catherine McGuiness, Megan Pelham of Studio A ‘Love owls and mermaids singing in the rainbow pop’ 2020. Commissioned by the Art Gallery of New South Wales for ‘Archie Plus’, 2020. This project was generously supported by the Anita and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis Foundation © the artists; Angela Tiatia ‘The golden hour’ 2020. Commissioned by the Art Gallery of New South Wales for ‘Archie Plus’, 2020. This project was realised with the generous support of Christopher Joyce and Barbara Wilby © Angela Tiatia; L-FRESH The LION and Nardean ‘Gold frames, gold chains’ 2020. Commissioned by the Art Gallery of New South Wales for ‘Archie Plus’, 2020 © the artists; Adrienne Doig ‘What do we want?’ 2020. Commissioned by the Art Gallery of New South Wales for ‘Archie Plus’, 2020 © Adrienne Doig; Michaela Gleave ‘Messages of hope, messages of love’ 2020. This project is supported by the City of Sydney and the NSW Government through Create NSW © Michaela Gleave; Pierre Bonnard ‘Self portrait’ c1938–40. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1972. Judith Inkamala ‘Thepa mapa’ 2018 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Mollie Douglas Bequest Fund 2018 © Judith Inkamala; Agostino Carracci ‘The Holy Family’ 1597 Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1977 Agnolo Bronzino ‘Cosimo I de’ Medici in armour’ c1545 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation Purchase 1996; Fiona Hall ‘Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia, January 1985’ 1985 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Hallmark Cards Australian Photography Collection Fund 1987 © Fiona Hall; George W Lambert ‘The white glove’ 1921 Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1922; Vincent Namatjira ‘Studio self-portrait’ 2018 Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of Geoff Ainsworth AM and Johanna Featherstone 2018 © Vincent Namatjira; Wally Wilfred ‘After the rescue’ 2020. Courtesy the artist and Ngukurr Arts © Wally Wilfred; Ah Xian ‘Evolutionaura14: Taihu rock-2’ 2011–13 Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased with funds provided by the Mollie and Jim Gowing Bequest Fund and the Don Mitchell Bequest Fund 2014 © Ah Xian; attrib Pieter Borsseler ‘Portrait of an English widow’ c1665 Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of Victor Pollak 1950; Max Dupain ‘Untitled (arms and bathers)’ from the album ‘Volume of 20 photographs’ by Max Dupain Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of Diana Dupain 2003; Nora Heysen ‘Self portrait’ 1932 Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of Howard Hinton 1932 © Lou Klepac; Danila Vassilieff ‘Man, wife and mother-in-law in street’ 1937 Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of Adrienne Allen 2019 © Heide Museum of Modern Art; Thomas Cooper Gotch ‘My crown and sceptre’ 1891 Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1899; Peter Drew ‘Terum Singh VIC 1917’, ‘Gladys Sym Choon SA c1920’, ‘Ah Sing VIC 1911’ and ‘Monga Khan VIC 1916’ from the ‘Aussie posters’ series 2016, printed 2020 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Thea Proctor Memorial Fund 2020 © Peter Drew; Guykuḏa Munuŋgurr ‘Merman’ 2016. Courtesy the artist and Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka, Yirrkala © Guykuḏa Munuŋgurr; Installation view of Richard Lewer’s portrait drawings Art Gallery of New South Wales © Richard Lewer; Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran ‘Turquoise figure’ 2020 Collection of the artist © Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran