Grand View of  Bald Archy art

The 2016 Bald Archy finalist works are currently on exhibition at the Grand View Hotel until July 17.

An exhibition of the final works of the 2016 Bald Archy portrait art competition represents a coup for the Grand View Hotel as the first space to show the works in Queensland.

Speaking at the launch on Friday, June 17, owner Gerald Brock embraced the exhibition which represents the satirical side of various politicians, sports people and media personalities.  

Show curator Peter Barey of Cooloc near Gunnedah said the exhibition had gained recognition since it was first created in 1994.  He said it was the only art competition to be judged by a sulphur crested cockatoo named Maude.  He made reference to some “galahs” who judged other more serious competitions.

“It’s a bit daring.  But it promotes conversation and a bit of a laugh.  There are too many galleries that you have to sneak around in as if you are in church,” he said.

The 2016 winner will be announced on Friday, July 22 with a winning prize of $10,000.

The gallery (upstairs) is open daily from 10am to 9pm with viewing at $5 per adult and $4 concession. For groups of 10 or more, the Grand View Hotel has a special light lunch with entry for $26.50.  Book on  3884 3000, www.gvh.com.au