The growing success of the Bald Archy Prize has come as something of a surprise to founder Peter Batey.
Mr Batey created the competition as part of an event he was starting, the Coolac Festival of Fun.
“I’d noticed lots and lots of government subsides and grants given to the arts and nothing seemed to be happening in our region, and I thought, ‘well let’s do something, we’ll have an arts festival in my garden’,” he said.
In 1994 – the first year of the Bald Archy – Mr Batey said there were only a few entries, but the last one to come in – Yuk! Mr Edmund Capon by Rocco Fazzari not only won the competition, but attracted a lot of attention.
Mr Batey was in Wagga for the launch the Best of the Bald Archy Prize exhibition, which is at Museum of the Riverina’s council chambers site until May 13.