Finding The Archibald
Finding The Archibald
CELERATING THE CONTROVERSIAL ARTS PRIZE, RACHEL GRIFFITHS EMBARKS ON A SEARCH FOR NATIONAL IDENTITY
Bona fide art lover Rachel Griffiths hosts this engaging factual entertainment series which takes a deep dive into our art world’s oldest portrait award, the world-famous Archibald Prize, as it celebrates its centenary.
As Rachel hunts for the one definitive Archibald portrait she believes captures the changing face of Australia, Natalie Wilson, a curator from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, is on a quest to locate and choose one hundred superlative portraits for the gallery’s centenary exhibition, to mark the special milestone.
With her mission to plunge through time and space to find her one defining Archibald portrait, Rachel leads the audience on a cultural romp that straddles high art and factual entertainment. Along the way she rubs shoulders with an A-list of the arts world including Ben Quilty, Penelope Seidler, Wendy Whiteley, Guy Warren, Tony Albert, Wendy Sharpe, Abdul Abdullah, Vincent Fantauzzo and Asher Keddie amongst others. Her ‘treasure hunt’ takes us into underground bunkers and secret vaults: at Old Parliament House, underneath new Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the Art Gallery of NSW and its secret vault at an undisclosed location.
At the same time Finding The Archibald follows Natalie Wilson in her quest to track down thousands of missing Archibald finalists as she selects her top 100 portraits for the Art Gallery’s themed centenary exhibition. She too criss-crosses the continent in search of lost portraits, issuing a nationwide call to arms that delivers some exciting surprises.
Anticipation builds as Rachel unveils her own personal ‘all-time’ Archie - the one portrait she believes captures our ever-evolving national identity. But it is the journey, not just the destination, that’s so captivating about this series – as we travel back through eras, looking at the intriguing art of both historical and contemporary portraiture, and what it reveals about all of us.
Awards / Reviews
The insight into the history of the prize, the controversies it has attracted – and the memorable works it has inspired – make for entertaining and sometimes surprising viewing
- Sydney Morning Herald
Rachel Griffiths is the picture-perfect choice to present this celebration of the Archibald Prize’s centenary
- Sunday Herald Sun
A fascinating television series
- TV Tonight
Screen Producers Australia (SPA) Awards 2021: Nomination Documentary Program or Series of the Year