Love art? Check out the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition
Get ready to be inspired, impressed and amazed by the sheer depth of artistic talent Sydney - and Australia as a whole - is home to. Currently, Sydney is playing host to one of the country's most extraordinary art exhibitions, which has been enthralling Australians and international audiences since 1921.
The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual showcase that makes waves in the community with its unfailingly incredible artworks. Having opened on July 19, the exhibition runs until Sunday September 28 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Plan a journey to the city to see the amazing work for yourself.
The series of prizes awards different styles of art, representing a great cross section of Australia's talent. The Archibald Prize is one of the nation's most popular and prestigious art awards, and recognises the best portrait painting of the year. Expect to see paintings of important Australian figures, from artists and sports people to politicians and entertainers.
Then there's the Wynne Prize, which is given to the best Australian scenery landscape painting or figure sculpture.
The Sulman Prize is also awarded to the best subject, genre painting or mural in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.
How are these prestigious prizes judged? The Archibald and Wynne Prizes are chosen by the trustrees of the Art Gallery of NSW, while a guest judge - this year Jenny Watson - awards the Sulman Prize.
Visit the exhibition for yourself and cast a vote on your favourite portrait for the People's Choice Award, scheduled to be announced on Thursday 11 September.
Be sure to gaze at the awe-inspiring works from winners and finalists from this year, finding more about the origins and history of each piece. Don't miss checking out the portrait from 2014 Archibald winner Fiona Lowry, a painting of Penelope Seidler, a poignant work of art created using made an airbrush and a palette of pastel hues.
"Get ready to be inspired, impressed and amazed by the sheer depth of artistic talent Sydney - and Australia as a whole - is home to"
Then cast your eye over the Wynne Prize 2014 winner Michael Johnson's painting, 'Oceania high low', and the Sulman Prize 2014 winner, Andrew Sullivan's 'T-rex (tyrant lizard king)'.
The gallery is located at Art Gallery Road, The Domain, which is found in the central city's east, alongside the Royal Botanic Gardens. It's open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Wednesdays with extended hours until 10 p.m.
Tickets to this exhibition are $12 for adults, $10 for concessions and children, $9 for a gallery member and $34 for a family consisting of two adults and up to three children. Under-fives visit free!
Where to stay in Sydney
Book your holiday accommodation in Sydney so you know you are in for a stylish and comfortable stay when you visit.
Mantra 2 Bond Street is just a 15 minute walk, or 5 minute drive, from the Art Gallery of NSW, meaning you can get to and from the exhibit with ease. Stay in an executive studio or a one, two or three bedroom apartment and enjoy making use of the heated rooftop pool, spa and fully equipped gym.
You could also opt for a stay at Mantra on Kent, a 17 minute walk or 7 minute drive from the Art Gallery of NSW. It boasts studio apartments as well as one and two bedroom apartment options, plus the delicious onsite restaurant, Cascades, which serves up contemporary Australian cuisine that's sure to have your mouth watering.
Don't miss your chance to see some of Australia's finest artists celebrated in this much-loved exhibition. Head along with friends, family or a special somebody and gaze upon some of the work of several of the country's most talented artistic figures.