Despite a rocky start, the 2019 Archibald Prize regional exhibition in Moree proved to be a huge success, with a record number of people flocking the Bank Art Museum Moree (BAMM) to take in the nation's most prestigious portrait exhibition.
However, this did not dampen the spirits of art enthusiasts, who came out in force when BAMM reopened on June 1 after a nine week hiatus.
A total of 2700 people visited the exhibition during its time in Moree, which BAMM interim director Kate Tuart said was fantastic.
"The Archibald in Moree has certainly been different to what we expected six months ago, but ultimately it has been a source of awe and fascination with locals and visitors alike," she said.
"We would like to thank everyone who came along to see this fabulous, much-loved exhibition and our generous local and regional sponsors.
"We have been very fortunate in our ability to reopen at the beginning of June and welcome visitors back to BAMM for a whole eight weeks.
"The Art Gallery of New South Wales were hugely supportive in renegotiating tour dates, which enabled us to keep the exhibition for an extended period and allowed a record number of people to enjoy the Archibald during its stay in Moree."
The ANZ Moree People's Choice award was announced last week, with Narrabri's Les Knox drawn as the winner, having voted for the Moree People's Choice winning entry, Tessa Mackay's Through the Looking Glass.
"We would like to thank ANZ for their generous sponsorship of this event and the 478 people who voted in the Moree People's Choice," Ms Tuart said.
BAMM has a number of upcoming exhibitions and workshops. This Saturday, local artist Maisie Johnson will be running a weaving workshop, while a portrait workshop will be held on September 12 before the opening of the event of the season - the Unveiled: Love, lace and longing exhibition, featuring wedding dresses by local designer Melinda O'Donoghue and paintings by regional artist Jo White.