Kathrin Longhurst has won the Packing Room Prize for her 2021 Archibald portrait of Australian singer, Kate Ceberano. It's the 100th year of Australia's most loved portrait prize and 2021 is the first year there was been gender parity across the 52 artists selected.
Longhurst was described by Art Critic, John McDonald as a "tremendously skilful artist" in his Sydney Morning Herald article about the Archibald Prize finalists on May 27th. This is the artist's second Archibald Prize selection—she was a finalist in 2018 and in 2012, was selected in the Sulman Prize.
A total of six Nanda\Hobbs are finalists in this years prize—in addition to Longhurst—Jun Chen, Jonathan Dalton, Kim Leutwyler, James Powditch and Mathew Lynn were also selected for their outstanding portraits. Jun Chen had double success with a landscape painting also being chosen for the Wynne Prize.
Congratulations to all six artists!
Winners will be announced on Friday 4 June. The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday 5 June and will be on show until 26 September.