Published 23 September 2019

To wander the great halls of the Archibald Exhibition is to be moved, sometimes challenged and always inspired.

When great art is viewed, the tingle begins in your own fingers. Time to pick up that paint brush again? Want more art in your life? Ready to learn something new or take that glimmer of an idea that formed in front of your favourite portrait and see it to realisation in your own art work? Go beyond the Archies and embrace the vibe that descends on you when you're in the 'art zone'.

Go further, stay longer and get creative with these exclusive Archibalds experiences:

Art therapy in the garden

Art as Therapy @ Botanica Editions is a private and personally tailored Garden Watercolour Class with local Yarra Valley artist Denise Smith. who will genlty guide you in  this private Watercolour class that has been designed to help you experience the meditative and therapeutic benefits that come with creating art. More info

Blend the wine (and enjoy a lunch) 

Master the art of wine at De Bortolis with this hands-on interactive class with the winemaker! Create your own unique blend of wine with distinct flavours and textures before you bottle, name and label your own personalised creation before enjoying a beautifully arranged lunch. Art on a plate, art in your glass. More info

The Pooches and Pinot

Bring your dog to stay in the Yarra Valley when you come to see The Archies and sign up for The Poochies - a tailor-made private wine tour for you and your dog, that includes your tickets to The Archies PLUS your dog’s own pen & watercolour portrait! More info


The Sundowners series at TarraWarra provide art lovers with a front row seat to the artists and sitters that have formed part of this extraordinary exhibition. The Sundowners – held on twilight – offers exclusive after-hours entry, a stellar line up of best loved beverages and the totally inspiring dialogue of Australian art masters and their subjects. What’s it like to be painted? What’s the process of painting a portrait? What of the artists broader practice? There may just be an aha moment or two!

October 5 - Six-time Archibald Prize finalist Natasha Bieniek and sixteen-time Archibald Prize finalist Mathew Lynn. More info

October 19 - 2019 finalist Benjamin Aitken and the subject of his portrait, artist Fiona Lowry. More info 

Patron of the Arts

Stay over at Kangaroo Ridge and be a ‘Patron of the Arts’. The work of local artists will be showcased in your cabin, and chef will artfully create an inspired dinner for you in your kitchen. Your morning views will be inspiration enough for a great day out exploring the Archibalds and beyond! More info

FACE up to art

The YAVA Gallery and Arts Hub in Healesville is showcasing the portraiture of Archibald winner Vincent Fantauzzo in the 30:30 Face2Face exhibition until Sept 29. Check out their program of art classes and exhibitions for the rest of the year. More info

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