Archibald Prize 2020 finalists to go on show at Art Gallery of NSW

Finalists in the Archibald Prize are on exhibition in Sydney. Picture: Supplied
Finalists in the Archibald Prize are on exhibition in Sydney. Picture: Supplied

The Archies are here

Set your sights on the Art Gallery of New South Wales this weekend and be among the first to view the 99th annual Archibald finalists.

The renowned prize is awarded to the best portrait, usually of a man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, and is open to any artist resident in Australasia. Take a moment to vote in the ANZ People's Choice award.

The exhibition also displays finalists of the Wynne and Sulman prizes for paintings of landscapes and subjects respectively. The Young Archies exhibition of portraits painted by young artists aged five to 18 years is also on display, as well as a free program of art, music, performance and dance to pay tribute to the acts of support and human resilience that have protected and inspired during the past year.

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Safe travels

As Australia begins to reopen to travel, we are all itching to get away again.

Tourism Australia has released a new online information resource called "COVID safe travel in Australia" that will provide guidance on how best to holiday and stay happy and healthy close to home.

The web page promises the most current details on travel restrictions and is updated across transport, hotels and accommodation, food and drink, and activities and gatherings. The information is provided and kept up to date on a state by state or city by city basis to ensure travellers are in the know about where they are headed and not underprepared.

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Spring ski getaway

Catch the last of the ski season staying at NRMA Jindabyne Holiday Park. A new limited release of lift passes has extended the ski season at Perisher until October 5.

The holiday park by Lake Jindabyne has a heated indoor pool, ski-tuning table, pizza oven and fire pits for (small) gatherings and is just a short walk from the village shops and restaurants. As the weather warms up, you can use the park's boat ramp to go out fishing for trout, dedicated mountain bike station to seek adventure or head off on an alpine walk. Whether you are after a villa, studio, deluxe cabin or simply a camp site, NRMA Jindabyne Holiday Park has it all.

Cork, canvas and clownfish

Forget your snorkel, grab your paintbrush and dive into Sydney aquarium after hours.

Join the Cork & Canvas team under the sea with this special edition of 'champainting', a VIP paint and sip experience.

You'll start with a glass of sparkling wine and free reign of the aquarium before taking to the canvas to create your marine-life masterpiece. Taking a luxurious step up from your regular art class, the evening includes a three-hour bottomless drinks package and a gourmet grazing platter. There are also a few sessions scheduled with the koalas next door at Sydney Zoo. Tickets start from $130.

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