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The Archibald Prize 2014
Main Gallery: 22 November to 4 January 2015

First awarded in 1921, The Archibald Prize is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. It is awarded annually to the best portrait, ‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’ and has become a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.

Gosford Regional Gallery is one of only 7 select regional touring venues for 2014. It is proud to host this full exhibition featuring all 54 finalists. Entry is by donation.

For information about school excursions and workshops, or to book a guided tour please contact Gallery Reception (02) 4304 7550. gallery@gosford.nsw.gov.au



Free guided tours
Free guided tours will be offered every Wednesday, Saturday and Sundayat 12noon. No bookings required. Pre-organised groups of 10+ can book tours any weekday subject to availability, please call 4304 7550.

Have your own portrait sketched
A selection of local artists including Jocelyn Maughn, Paul Haggith, Patrick Caroll, Andy Collis will be at the Gallery every Saturday and Sunday to sketch visitor portraits. To book your portrait please call 4304 7550. (cost $40 per portrait). Booked portraits will take priority.

Late night at the Archies
The Gallery, shop and cafe will remain open until 8pm for special late night exhibition viewing and Christmas shopping on 27 Nov. and 18 Dec.

Young Archies Competition
Budding artists between 5 and 18 are invited to submit a portrait for the Young Archies competition. Finalists will be exhibited in the Studio Gallery. Click here for Young Archies online Entry

School Tours
The Gallery is running a series of full day workshops. Availability for these are now limited. Please contact 4304 7550 for further information.



Listen to this year's winner talk about her work
Come behind the scenes into the studio of Archibald Prize 2014 winner Fiona Lowry. Fiona tells us about the fascinating airbrush process she used to create her winning portrait of architect Penelope Seidler http://bit.ly/1pvTnD6

The morphing faces of the winner
Enjoy this very clever morphing montage created by the ABCe depicting the changing faces of the Archibald Winners from 1921 to 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BvCl_YeTzU

See all of this year's finalists
See the faces that have been setting Sydney and now the Central Coast abuzz . http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/2014/

Who was J F Archibald
Visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales' page to discover more about the man behind the Prize. http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/history/who-was-jf-archibald/

Controversy and Debate
The Archibald Prize, from its outset, has aroused controversy. The Art Gallery of New South Wales outlines the numerous legal battles and much debate which have focused on the evolving definitions of portraiture. http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/history/controversy-and-debate/

News coverage
Listen to Tim Braham, Gosford Regional Gallery Curator talk about the exhibition and associated events.


Fiona Lowry, Penelope Seidler, 2014 Archibald Prize Winner, Image courtesy of Art Gallery of NSW, © the artist

Vincent Fantauzzo, All that's good in me (self-portrait as son Luca), Image courtesy of Art Gallery of NSW, © the artist

Alan Jones, Adam, Image courtesy of Art Gallery of NSW, © the artist

Tim Maguire, Cate, take 1 / Cate, take 2, Image courtesy of Art Gallery of NSW, © the artist

Tim Storrier, The Member, Dr Sir Leslie Colin Patterson KCB AO, 2014 Packing Room Prize Winner, Image courtesy of Art Gallery of NSW, © the artist

James Powditch, Citizen Kave, Image courtesy of Art Gallery of NSW, © the artist

Julian Meagher, John Waters – the clouds will cloud, Image courtesy of Art Gallery of NSW, © the artist

An Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW




Keiko Matsui
13 December to 1 February 2015
Main Gallery

Japanese born, Central Coast based ceramic artist Keiko Matsui works with fine porcelain to create functional and non-functional objects. Her work skillfully explores form, proportion and the interconnectedness between the interior and exterior of a vessel.


Image credit
Keiko Matsui Still Life Stitched Cup and Bowl


Foyer Gallery: 22 November to 4 January 2015

With the rise of the digital age, many people feel a sense of loss at the demise of the printed book. Three local artists, Judith Price, Nicole de Mestre and Sherry McCourt, collaborate to each produce a chapter, or collection of artworks, to highlight their individual take on this issue.


mage credit: Judith Price


Five Lands in Plein Air
Foyer Gallery:10 January to 4 February 2015

An exhibition of paintings by members of the Art Hall Crew and invited guests. Each artist has contributed two paintings: a plein air (outdoor) painting completed in situ at Terrigal and North Avoca as part of the 2014 Five Lands Walk day, and a painting completed at a later date that was inspired by the plein air painting.


photo credit: Tulira Henley


Exchange: 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial
10 January to 22 March 2015
Main Gallery

For the 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial, twenty-two artists have been selected from around Australia to explore themes around collaboration, interdisciplinary relationships and the cross pollination of ideas. In July 2013 all the artists were flown to Tamworth NSW to meet each other at the start of the brief. In questioning what collaboration can mean for their practice, the artists have engaged in a dynamic creative dialogue and have demonstrated to us how new work and meaning emerges from relationship and exchange. The exhibition Group Exchange presents the extraordinary work that has emerged from this enquiry.

A Tamworth Regional Gallery touring exhibition curated by Cecilia Heffer, Senior Lecturer in Textiles at the University of Technology

photo credit: Gwen Egg, The Gathering 2014 (detail) saggs (Lomandra longifolia), cotton canvas,
Dimensions variable, approx. 10x200x200 cm, Photographer: David Walker



Gosford Regional Gallery welcomes exhibition
proposals from artists of diverse practice and experience:

The Foyer Gallery

An exhibition space for emerging and established regional and national artists. Exhibitions generally run for four to five weeks and they are curated, installed and deinstalled by gallery staff. A panel reviews Foyer Gallery proposals twice a year. They are selected according to the strategic objectives of the Gallery.
Download a proposal guide and cover sheet for the Foyer Gallery, Gosford Regional Gallery

The Studio Gallery
An exhibition space for regionally based artists and community orientated practice, which is hired for a fee. Exhibitions range from 2-day weekend exhibitions to three-week exhibitions. Applications for exhibitions at the Studio Gallery are assessed as they are received.
Download an application form to exhibit at the Studio Gallery here.

Please submit completed proposals to:
The Assistant Curator
Gosford Regional Gallery
36 Webb Street
East Gosford NSW 2260
or email gallery@gosford.nsw.gov.au