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Archibald Sunset Session: Craig Ruddy and Bruce Pascoe

Join five-time Archibald finalists and 2004 winner Craig Ruddy in conversation with award-winning writer Bruce Pascoe.

About this Event

The Gallery is delighted to host five-time Archibald finalist and 2004 winner Craig Ruddy in conversation Bruce Pascoe, a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man, and writer of the award-winning book Dark Emu for this special Sunset Session in conjunction with the 2020 Archibald Prize Regional Tour. Facilitated by Sarah McGhee, Curator Exhibitions, TRGMOAC.

Friday 5 March 2021, 5.30pm - 7.00pm DST

Ticket price $20. Entry to other areas of the Gallery remain free.

Bookings essential. As places are strictly limited due to social distancing measures, if you book a ticket and can no longer attend please cancel your booking by following the link in your booking confirmation email so that others may book their visit.

Please note that the Gallery Shop and Cafe will remain open for this session and bookings are recommended for the cafe: Gallery by Bacaro 02 6672 5088 |

This ticket is for the allotted session only and Gallery visitors wishing to return to the Archibald Prize exhibition in another session will be required to purchase an additional ticket.


Born in Sydney in 1968, Ruddy studied design and fashion illustration, working as a commercial art director before focusing his efforts on art. This is his fifth time as an Archibald Prize finalist. He won in 2004 with a portrait of David Gulpilil, which was also voted People’s Choice. He was awarded People’s Choice again in 2010 for a portrait of Warwick Thornton.


The Archibald Prize is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.

The Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.

Visit the exhibition to vote for your favourite portrait in the ANZ People’s Choice award before voting closes on 21 February and see the work of budding artists aged 5–18 in the Young Archies on display in the Gallery Foyer.

For families, there are also children’s labels, a children’s trail and an activity sheet with ideas for creating your own portraits at home.


In accordance with NSW Government Health Advice limited capacity is currently in place. To avoid disappointment it is strongly recommended that tickets are booked in advance as places are strictly limited for this session and sessions sell out quickly. Please include a name, address and contact details of each visitor attending the Gallery.

Note: The Gallery will be open to our guest at 5.30pm DST. Hand sanitiser is available throughout the Gallery and social distancing measures are in place.

Cloaking of large items is temporarily not available.

Please visit the Gallery website for full program details. For further information email or phone (02) 6670 2790.

Cashless payments are encouraged for the Gallery Shop.

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The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is a Tweed Shire Council Community facility, supported by Create NSW, the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd., and private donations.

Due to COVID-19 some events may be operating differently than planned, please contact the event organiser directly to confirm.

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