The 2019 Archibald prize is in its final week on display, at both Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and Culture Hub.
The decision to split the exhibition across two locations was due to the limited size of the Gallery. The Culture Hub, located upstairs at Coffs Central was transformed into a second space to welcome an entire Archibald Prize for the first time.
The determination of the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery team in ensuring the community could experience the entire exhibition paid off.
“By end of today over 8,000 through Culture Hub and over 2,500 though the gallery. I’m sure that most of the 2,500 would have been through both locations” explains Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s, Cath Fogarty.
“The numbers are a great confirmation that our community and visitors want to experience more arts and culture here in the city centre.
“Another example being the Young Archies Competition. We had around 70 local Youth who entered and had their artworks exhibited alongside the Archibald Prize.”
Coffs Coast Young Archie winner Arlia Portus Keen hopes to pursue a career as an artist. Visiting the Young Archies in Sydney four times and returning inspired, she hopes that there are more arts opportunities for local youth in the future.
“There are some youth art competitions but it’s just hard to find them.”
Council’s Culture Hub extends the city’s existing cultural facilities and provides locals and visitors alike with a taste of what will be possible within the new Cultural and Civic Space – a modern, safe and central place to learn, hangout and be inspired.
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