Art enthusiasts in Cowra will have a chance to view one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious awards later this month, as the Archibald Prize exhibition comes to town.
The Archibald Prize opening night will take place at the Cowra Civic Centre in the main foyer on Friday, August 31.
Cowra gallery director Brian Langer said the night will showcase one of the most significant awards in Australian art.
"JF Archibald's primary aims were to foster portraiture, support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians," he said
"Amongst many controversies, these original aims have certainly been fulfilled, and indeed, many believe the Archibald Prize has done more than any other single event to stimulate and sustain public interest in the art of portrait painting in Australia."
The opening night in Cowra will have a welcome speech by Mayor Bill West, and will be opened by deputy director of the Art Gallery of NSW Anne Flanagan.
Mr Langer said this will be Ms Flanagan's first visit to the town and she will be able to experience the significance of art to the town.
"It's a great opportunity for her to come to a regional community and see how responsive people are to the show," he said.
"She'll be able to present quite an informative introduction to people at the exhibition."
Mr Langer said the show will be a great evening and will give people a chance to meet the winner of the 2012 Archibald Prize, Tim Storrier, who will also give a special floor talk on the night.
As well as this, people will be able to see all 41 finalists from this year's shortlist.
There will also be finger food and wine provided by award winning winery Rosnay as well as lucky door prizes including a one year country individual membership to the Art Gallery Society of NSW, a special Rosnay wine and food hamper, and a voucher from Tommy Jeffs and the Imperial Hotel.
Tickets are $15 which includes wine and food.
Tickets are available in advance from the Gallery or on the opening night at the Civic Centre.