What do retired Aboriginal pro-footballer Adam Goodes, actor Magda Szubanski and Kurdish-Iranian author, journalist, artist and academic Behrouz Boochani have in common? 

The trio join another seven great Australians who are being beamed larger than life onto the huge 17 metre by 5 metre screen on the exterior of the Twin Towns building. 

The latest Twin Towns light show, which can be seen each night from 18 January to 7 February, marks the launch of the 2020 Archibald Prize regional tour at Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre on 22 January 2021.

The Archibalds are awarded each year to the best portrait, ‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’. The Archibald Prize is a who’s who of Australian culture, from politicians to celebrities and from sporting heroes to artists. 

Included in the light show is the artwork titled ‘Stand strong for who you are’, a portrait of Adam Goodes by Vincent Namatjira. This painting won the 2020 Archibald prize and Namatjira became the first Indigenous artist to win in its 99-year history.

Tweed Regional Gallery will host the Archibald Prize 2020 from 22 January until 7 March 2021. At the Gallery exhibition, all 55 finalist artworks will be on display.

The 2020 Archibald Prize regional tour is a ticketed exhibition, whilst the rest of the Gallery is free of charge. Click here to purchase tickets for the Archibald Prize Exhibition. 

Click here for details of the 10 finalist artworks featured in the light show at Twin Towns. To learn more, visit the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre website.