Evert Ploeg caused quite a stir in 1997 when he entered the Archibald Prize for the first time with a portrait of B1 and B2, the Bananas in Pyjamas. The painting sparked a nationwide debate about its eligibility.
Jack Thompson’s acting career spans more than 40 years. He has appeared in over 70 films, including the Australian classics Breaker Morant and Sunday too far away, as well as in numerous telemovies and series.
Bill Hunter is one of the great stalwarts of Australian film and television, appearing regularly on the small and big screen since the 1970s. His many credits include Newsfront, Gallipoli, Strictly ballroom, The adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the desert, Muriel’s wedding and Tom White.
Flacco is the comic creation of stage and film actor Paul Livingston. A verbal gymnast with a wondrously absurd, sorrowful take on life, Flacco is known and loved for his appearances on television shows including Good news week and two Flacco and the Sandman specials for the Ten Network, and The big gig and Daas Kapital for the ABC.
Artist Michael Mucci from Stanwell Park has been awarded the 2006 Packing Room Prize for his portrait of builder and television personality, Scott Cam. Michael Mucci and Scott Cam went to school together and met up again at a recent reunion.
Sydney artist Nafisa has been awarded the Packing Room Prize in conjunction with the 2010 Archibald Prize for her portrait of Glenn A Baker, rock historian and travel writer. Three-time holder of the BBC’s Rock Brain of the Universe title, Glenn A Baker is renowned for his encyclopaedic knowledge of rock music.
As the frontman for Crowded House and, before that, Split Enz – the band formed by his brother Tim in which he rose to prominence – Neil Finn is one of New Zealand’s leading singer/songwriters. He has also recorded two solo albums and two albums with Tim under the moniker of the Finn Brothers.