Foxtel Arts commissions four-part series

Supplied: Art Gallery of NSW

Supplied: Art Gallery of NSW

Mint Pictures has been commissioned a four-part, blue-chip arts series for Foxtel.

The series, titled The Archibald, will follow a selection of Australian artists as they bid to win the 2017 Archibald, Australia’s most prestigious portraiture prize. 

To be screened on the Foxtel Arts channel in 2017, The Archibald will take viewers behind the scenes with an eclectic mix of Australian artists and their sitters on their journey to win this iconic prize.

Foxtel Arts & Music Group Channel Manager, Fraser Stark, said: “It’s a privilege to see inside the workings of one of the world’s most competitive art prizes and this landmark series offers to extend the channel’s commitment to deep engagement with Australian arts communities and organisations. Naturally we are thrilled to be working with Mint Pictures and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.”

Adam Kay, Managing Director of Mint Pictures, added: “Hundreds of thousands of Australians view the Archibald every year, but they only see the end result. We are thrilled to be able to take viewers on the journey to witness the transition from blank canvas to final portraits.”

The series has been funded with the support of Screen Australia.

Supplied: Art Gallery of NSW

Supplied: Art Gallery of NSW

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