Friday 1 August 2014

So Cultural - Meet The Archibald Artists At Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Sydney’s ‘hotel for the arts’, the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, has once again signed on as hotel sponsor of the often controversial and always exciting Archibald Exhibition for 2014, on now at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until the 28th of September.

As hotel partner, Sofitel is offering three exclusive Archibald experiences over the exhibition period for art lovers to enjoy, including a ‘So Cultural’ accommodation and ticket package, a dedicated Archibald High Tea offer, and a special Archibald Lunch reception in Sofitel’s grand ballroom for a rare opportunity to hear selected artists showcased as part of Archibald 2014 speak about their art and inspirations.

"So Cultural" Package
Sofitel has created an Archibald Experience accommodation package available from A$310 per couple/room, per night in Sydney. The offer includes a luxurious overnight stay, a buffet breakfast for two at the hotel’s Garden Court restaurant, and two tickets to see the Archibald exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The offer is available from now until the 28th of September 2014 (subject to availability). To book call 02 9228 9188e mail or for more information visit

Archibald High Tea Offer
Priced at $59 per person, the Archibald High Tea is available for a limited time from now until the 24th of August 2014 at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s Soiree Bar, located on the hotel’s lobby level. The offer includes High Tea, a glass of Taittinger champagne, and one ticket to the Archibald exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. To book contact the hotel on 02 9228 9188.

Archibald 2014 Luncheon
Sofitel will celebrate Australia’s most popular and prestigious art prize with a chance to meet the artists at the 2014 Archibald Prize Luncheon, on Wednesday the 20th of August from 12.30 to 2.00pm. Art Gallery of New South Wales director Michael Brand along with writer and presenter, Nell Schofield will host a conversation with some of this year’s key artists and their subjects, discussing the passion and controversy behind the nation’s favourite portrait exhibition over lunch in the Wentworth’s grand ballroom. The lineup includes artist Fiona Lowry (2014 Archibald winner); Anh Do; Mitch Cairns and Reg Richardson AM.

Limited tickets are available for the two-course lunch, which includes wine and coffee. Tickets are priced at $105 per person or $95 per person for Art Gallery Society members. To book call 02 9225 1878.

The Archibald Prize for portraiture is one of Australia's oldest and most talked about art awards. Since its inception in 1921, the prize has been awarded to some of Australia's most important artists, including George Lambert, William Dobell, Brett Whiteley and John Olsen.

Sofitel Wentworth Sydney has been the official hotel partner of the Archibald Prize since 2005, and is an ongoing and proud supporter of the Art Gallery of New South Wales as – a partnership that reflects Sofitel’s spirit of l’art de vivre.  The hotel offers some of Sydney’s finest five-star facilities including Garden Court restaurant and the elite Club Sofitel concept, a “hotel within a hotel” providing guests with luxury extras, specialist services and exclusive access to a contemporary fifth-floor club.

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