Ballarat Art Gallery is pulling out all the stops as the Archibald exhibition ends

More than 50,000 people have visited the Archibald Prize exhibition since it opened in Ballarat in mid-October.

This weekend will be the last chance for the people of Ballarat and visitors alike to see portraits of some of Australia’s best known faces from some of the country’s best artists. 

The exhibition will not fade away, but rather end with a party.

On Friday night, there will be a DJ and a band playing in the gallery’s foyer from 5pm, as well as art activities for children and a bar for the adults.

Simon Carroll will bring some early blues twang, including some covers from Lead Belly, to the exhibition space between 6pm and 9pm. The gallery won’t close until midnight.

AGB spokesperson Peter Freund said the exhibition had been great for Ballarat.

“It gets the message across that art can be for everyone and that cultural projects have the capacity to deliver significant benefits as tourism drawcards,” he said.

All tickets will be $7.50 on Friday.

LAST CHANCE: Simon Carroll will be performing during the final days of the Archibald Prize exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Picture: Lachlan Bence

LAST CHANCE: Simon Carroll will be performing during the final days of the Archibald Prize exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Picture: Lachlan Bence