Transport Firm Sued Over Archibald Mix Up

Sean Cowan, The West Australian Newspaper, p3 Friday April 21, 2006

Transport Firm Sued Over Archibald Mix Up

Perth artist Shannon Hamilton is suing a transport company after her colourful portrait of WA ballet dancer Benazir Surtees arrived one working day after entries closed for the prestigious Archibald Prize.

Hamilton claims All Packing Solutions’ mistake meant the months she spent creating the portrait had been wasted, Not only had she lost the chance to earn money by painting for others during that PERIOD, but her reputation had suffered because she had told the media, art patrons and others she had entered the contest.

Her writ, lodged with the District Court last week, claims All Packing Solutions should pay her $36,800 for the work she rejected whilst painting Surtees’ portrait, $4658 for loss of reputation and opportunity and $9780.70 for expenses incurred in producing the portrait and trying to enter the competition. She also wants interest and legal costs.

Hamilton started planning the portrait of Surtees, the sister of former English cricket captain Nasser Hussein, last August and secured Surtees’ agreement.

In her writ, Hamilton said All Packing Solutions business manager Paul Durer-Jones guaranteed her the painting would be delivered at the Art Gallery of NSW on March 6 or 7 if she handed it over on March 3. Entries were only accepted between March 6 and 10, the writ said.

The writ clams that on March 13, the company told her the entry had been delivered that morning and accepted, but a few days later the Art Gallery of NSW told her the entry had missed the deadline and not been judged. Hamilton refused to comment yesterday and Mr Durer-Jones could not be contacted.