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AustraliaBald Archy Prize founder Peter Batey dies aged 85

07:55  15 june  2019
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Bald Archy Prize in Melbourne Hosted by Bald Archy Prize and The Victoria Hotel This year's finalists, portrait paintings of humour, dark satire, light comedy and caricature. - come and meet founder Peter Batey OAM. Light refreshments Tuesday 11 September

The Bald Archy Prize is a spoof on the well-known and illustrious Archibald Awards for portraiture. The awards were founded by theatre and arts personality Peter Batey OAM and have been running since 1994. Some of the entries are hilarious and some a bit vulgar.

Bald Archy Prize founder Peter Batey dies aged 85© Provided by ABC News Peter Batey was also a founding member of the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Peter Batey, the founder of one of Australia's most famous art prizes, has died aged 85.

Mr Batey founded the Bald Archy Prize in 1994 and it quickly attracted attention for its irreverent and comic portraits taking humorous aim at the events of the past year.

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Bald Archy Portraiture Prize . A visually exciting and entertaining exhibition of satirical celebrity portraits. featuring infamous politicians and cricketers, though given that they provide such rich fodder for creative artists, it’s hardly surprising that they dominate,” says Baldy Archy convenor, Peter Batey .

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Bald Archy Prize founder Peter Batey dies aged 85© ABC News ddd A statement on the Bald Archy Facebook page today described Mr Batey's passing as "the unthinkable".

"Bald Archy founder, theatre director, actor and Australian legend Peter Batey OAM, has died," the statement read.

"Driving home from Cootamundra yesterday his car left the road. He may have had a heart attack."

From the theatres of Melbourne to a festival in Coolac

Bald Archy Prize founder Peter Batey dies aged 85© ABC News ddd Living in Coolac, NSW, in 1994, Peter Batey first came up with the idea of a satirical art prize as a colourful addition to the town's Festival of Fun.

It became the Bald Archy, whose winner was judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude.

According to Mr Batey, who saw Maude far more than anyone else, she would flap her wings in front of the painting she liked best, and the decision was made.

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The Baldy Archy Prize is on display at the National Wool Museum until 11 November. The Baldy Archie was created in 1994 by Peter Batey OAM, as part of a Coolac Festival of Fun. While in Geelong attending the Archibald Prize exhibition, don't forget to view the hilarious Bald Archy Prize

In February 2019, while presiding over the prize for the final time, he told the ABC it was as relevant as ever for its quirky and critical illustration of Australian politics, sport and current affairs.

"We've got to the stage where it's announced that somebody will stand for parliament and you know that the snipers in the media are standing up ready to say 'I'll shoot you now'," he said.

Born at Benalla, Victoria in 1933, Mr Batey was creating art from a young age, before moving to Melbourne at the age of 16 to study drama.

He went on to become a prominent playwright and founding member of the Melbourne Theatre Company, directing and producing theatre productions, operas, musicals, revue and puppetry.

His first original play, The No Hopers, was presented across the country in 1961.

He directed about 130 professional plays across several genres.

He was a founding member and the inaugural artistic director of the South Australian Theatre Company, and the first director of the Victorian Arts Council.

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The Bald Archy Prize was founded in 1994 in a small village outside Gundagai, by experienced arts administrator and successful theatre director, Peter Batey OAM, as part of an arts festival named the Coolac Festival of Fun, to avoid discrimination by those afraid of a cultural image.

The Bald Archy was founded by Australian theatre and arts heavy-weight Peter Batey OAM. Originally a part of the Coolac Festival of Fun While artistic integrity, skill and choice of subject are key criteria for both competitions, the Bald Archy prizes the darkly satirical, humourous, bizzarre and light-hearted.

Australian comedian Barry Humphries credited Mr Batey with contributing to the creation of one of his most famous characters, Dame Edna Everage.

In 1999, Mr Batey was awarded an OAM for his services to the arts and community.

A fun, irreverent home for artists

Bald Archy Prize founder Peter Batey dies aged 85© ABC News dd The creation of the Bald Archy prize was not simply a light-hearted elbow-jab to the Archibald Prize.

It also aimed to provide an outlet for artists who otherwise would not be able to showcase their work to a wider audience.

His mission statement to artists hoping to have their works accepted into the prize was straightforward: "Hit me in the face, if you can."

The competition copped criticism from what Mr Batey called "art snobs", but he said he believed that every artist should have an outlet and all art should be judged for its own value.

"We get it quite a lot from the art snobs saying, 'Oh that. It's just nasty little paintings, jokes'," he told the ABC last year.

"Well they're not, they're terrific."

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