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1st June 2017

For the 12th year, Sydney’s ‘hotel for the arts’ Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is proud to be yet again the Official Hotel Partner of the eagerly anticipated Archibald Prize, showcasing at the Art Gallery of NSW from 29th July – 22nd October 2017. 

This year, Sofitel Sydney celebrates Australia’s most extraordinary Art Event with a “Best of” experience, an art inspired High Tea and a cultural getaway.

Walk down memory lane as you revisit some of the most memorable portraits of Archibald Prize winners, Packing Room Prize winners and People’s Choice winners from the last 5 years, reproduced in full in Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s foyer from 19th July 2017 – 8th October 2017.

The showcased display includes remarkable pieces reproduced from the Packing Room Prize 2016: Betina Fauvel-Ogden, George Calombaris, masterchef, Winner: Packing Room Prize 2011: Vincent Fantauzzo, Matt Moran and Winner: Archibald Prize 2013: Del Kathryn Barton, hugo.

In addition, the iconic hotel demonstrates its culinary and artistic skills and offers guests an art-inspired High Tea, served in Soiree Bar from 1st July 2017 – 31st August 2017 to celebrate last year’s finalist’s portrait by Melissa Ritchie.

The interpretative collection of food-art delicacies puts fun and creativity back into high tea, inspired by elements from the finalist portrait, with fine art delectables including pen smoked salmon, lemon cream cheese lemon zests, micro radish, brioche, painted macaron, red velvet madeleine, chocolate tartlet and homemade scones.

The signature element is called the “Cookies Match Box” which highlights a miniature version of the iconic match box in Melissa’s impressive artwork.

Hotel Manager of Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Craig Reaume said: “We’re delighted to continue our long-standing partnership with the Archibald Prize. By showcasing this unique display within the walls of this iconic hotel we reward our valued guests and remind them about the most remarkable Archibald portraits from recent times.”

Archibald High Tea

Priced from $69 per person including Dilmah Tea or $89 per person including a glass of Veuve Clicquot, the Archibald High Tea is available for a limited time at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s Soiree Bar. The offer also features one ticket to the Archibald Prize 2017 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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Cultural Escape

For those in need of additional indulgence, extend your ultimate Archibald experience and stay in the luxurious comfort of a guest room with elegant French styling. Discover the ultimate cultural escape in the heart of Sydney, only steps away from the Art Gallery of NSW. Admire the spectacular works displayed in this iconic gallery and indulge in the below inclusions:

  • Buffet breakfast for two in the elegant Garden Court Restaurant
  • Archibald 'art inspired' cocktails & canapés for two served in the sophisticated Soirée Bar

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About the Archibald Prize

Australia’s most extraordinary art event: The Archibald Prize is an annual exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike. Awarded to the best portrait painting, The Archibald features a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.  It is a highlight in the Gallery calendar and attracts over 100,000 visitors. The Prize, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, one of its most prestigious, and is always a source of entertainment and controversy. Visit the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2017 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, from Saturday 29 July – 22 October 2017.

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