Bald Archie comes back to the Grand View hotel

WINNER: This year's Bald Archy winner is Anh Can Do by James Brennan

WINNER: This year's Bald Archy winner is Anh Can Do by James Brennan

The Bald Archie exhibition will return to the Grand View Hotel for the third time from July 3 to 29.

BALD ARCHY: Bald Archy exhibition curator Peter Batey with Gerald Brock of the Grand View Hotel with previous year's works. The exhibition returns to the Grand View Hotel from July 3.

BALD ARCHY: Bald Archy exhibition curator Peter Batey with Gerald Brock of the Grand View Hotel with previous year's works. The exhibition returns to the Grand View Hotel from July 3.

An irreverent look at portraiture, the Bald Archie is now in its 25th year with the Grand View Hotel the only Queensland venue to host the exhibition of its entry paintings. The competition calls for comic and satiric portraits of Australian celebrities, politicians, sports people, media  and other prominent personalities.

The exhibition will be open at the hotel’s upstairs gallery from 10am to 7pm. Entry is $5/$4 concession.

Exhibition curator Peter Batey said the Grand View hotel was a “terrific venue” to hang the exhibition and said he was keen to continue to include the hotel in the annual art tour.

“This is a place where people can see the art and talk to one another.  This is a meeting place with a friendly feel.  Do you notice that in art galleries, no one speaks?  I want people to talk about the art,” Mr Batey said.

This year’s winner of $10,000 is James Brennan for his portrait Anh Can Do.  This is the fourth time that Brennan has won the Bald Archy Prize.