Painting Chanel Contos for the 2022 Archibald Prize
Recently I had the great pleasure of catching up with Chanel Contos for breakfast and a photo shoot. Chanel will be my subject for this year’s Archibald Prize. Chanel broke news headlines in 2021 when her petition, Teach Us Consent, attracted over 44,000 signatures and 6,500 testimonies. Teach Us Consent is a movement founded by Chanel to provide earlier holistic consent and sex education in Australian schools. Her story has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue’s 21 Australian Women Who Defined 2021, and Marie Claire’s 2021 Women of the Year, amongst many others. Chanel regularly appears alongside Australian of the Year 2021, Grace Tame, and Brittany Higgins.
To read more about Chanel’s achievements, follow the links below: https://www.teachusconsent.com/
The Archibald Prize
The Archibald Prize is an Australian portraiture art prize for painting, generally seen as the most prestigious portrait prize in Australia. It was first awarded in 1921 after the receipt of a bequest from J. F. Archibald, the editor of The Bulletin who died in 1919. It is administered by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and awarded for “the best portrait, preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics, painted by an artist resident in Australia during the twelve months preceding the date fixed by the trustees for sending in the pictures”. The Archibald Prize has been awarded annually since 1921 (with two exceptions) and since July 2015 the prize has been AU$100,000.