Friday, 23 February 2007

Entries for the Archibald Prize 2007 are now closed. Winner of the Packer's Prize is a portrait of film star Jack Thompson by Danelle Bergstrom. Channel Ten News (5.00) covered the event and The Sydney Morning Herald has loaded a video onto its Web site.

The shot above shows what I can see from my couch. This portrait wasn't named, neither was the artist. It's by Daniel Henderson and it's called Lily-Rose.

Channel Seven News (6.00) also covered the annual circus, showing Jack Thompson speaking in front of his portrait. This is a repeated trope: the subject addresses the cameras of the thronging press.

Steve Peters, the head packer, had the casting vote. It's unusual for a Packer's Prize winner to be selected among the finalists. But this year, it happened. The image below shows Peters addressing the media in front of a portrait by Jasper Knight of former NSW premier Bob Carr.

These two photos are from the ABC News (7.00) which, as usual, provided a long coverage of the event, in keeping with the station's practice of giving maximum exposure to cultural stories.

The winner of the Packer's Prize, above. Bergstrom was a finalist in 2001 and 2003, as well as this year.

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