16 March 2024

Sam Kerr stars in the winner of the 2024 Bald Archy Prize

| Jarryd Rowley
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Flippin Kerfection by Judy Nadin catches Sam Kerr in full flight. Photo: Chris Roe.

Flippin Kerfection, a piece by artist Judy Nadin that honours the iconic Sam Kerr celebration, has won the 2024 Bald Archy Prize.

Nadin was announced the winner for her satirical caricature in front of a strong crowd at the Canberra Potters Watson Art Centre in Canberra on Friday night (15 March).

Now the benefactor of a $10,000 prize, Nadin said she was over the moon to be named the 2024 winner.

“I painted the Aussie legend that is the Matildas’ captain Sam Kerr because, like most of Australia, I rode the Matildas wave during the 2023 World Cup,” she said.

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“The joy and unity that our country felt, I wanted to capture that important moment in time for my entry. I painted Sam doing her trademark backflip because the entire country was doing backflips after that quarter-final match.

“Lastly, I’d like to thank Maude for the Cockatoo (Bald Archy Prize judge), she’s obviously a Sam Kerr fan.”

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Flippin’ Kerfection, a satirical piece by Judy Nadin capturing Sam Kerr’s famous celebration, has won the 2024 Bald Archy. Photo: Supplied.

Created in 1994 by the late Peter Batey OAM, the Bald Archy Prize is considered Australia’s premier satirical art prize.

Parodying the Archibald Prize and judged by sulfur-crested cockatoo Maude, it has served to shock and amuse an enthusiastic public.

After Mr Batey died in 2019, the administration of the prize went to the Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga, which revived the tour in 2023.

Museum of the Riverina manager Luke Grealy said: “The Bald Archy Prize is a highlight for the Museum of the Riverina’s own exhibition schedule, along with drawing strong audience numbers for the venues it visits during its annual tour.

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Region Media’s Genevieve Jacobs and Chris Roe with his entry Fair Dinkum Rex. Photo: Katrina Roe.

“Maude has made another wise choice this year with Judy’s painting Flippin’ Kerfection.”

Canberra Potters Watson Art Centre CEO Richard Thomas said: “It’s been another fantastic year for the Bald Archy Prize at the Canberra Potters Gallery.

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“We are very excited to be the host venue for this year’s winner’s announcement and Maude has made an excellent choice as always.

“The audience reaction to this year’s show has been a delight to witness and confirms that the Bald Archy is back bigger and better than ever.”

The 2024 Bald Archy Prize is on display at the Canberra Potters Watson Art Centre until 17 March, before it sets off on a year-long interstate tour.

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