And the winner is …
With these four words, every year the Archibald Prize captures the country’s imagination. For a century, audiences have flocked to see Australia’s longest running, most prestigious – and certainly most controversial – portrait prize.
Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize presents a selection from some of the 6000-plus portraits and more than 1500 artists from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand that have been in the prize so far. Arranged thematically, these works have been chosen not as ‘the best of the best’ but because of the stories they tell about the prize, the changing face of our society, and the power of portraiture to illuminate our collective humanity.
ARCHIE 100 TOUR
6 November 2021 – 20 February 2022
Cairns Art Gallery
18 March – 12 June 2022
Art Gallery of South Australia
9 July – 3 October 2022
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
22 October 2022 – 8 January 2023
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
26 January – 26 March 2023
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
15 April – 25 June 2023
Home of the Arts, Gold Coast
15 July – 2 October 2023
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
21 October 2023 – 28 January 2024
The development and tour of this project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.
Stories behind the prize
A look at the person behind the prize, JF Archibald, and the inaugural exhibition.
Over 900 of the works in the Archibald so far have been self-portraits.
Parents, siblings, partners, children – even in-laws – have all featured as Archibald sitters.
Who can relate better to the process of creating a portrait than a fellow artist?
A celebration of female artists in the Archibald and the groundbreaking paths they forge.
Celebrity has always cast its spell on the Archibald, with people jostling to experience a brush with fame.
Over the past century, artists have sought out many inspiring subjects for Archibald portraits.
From the battlefields of World War II to post-war immigration, the impact of war has left its mark on the Archibald.
Whether with complaints of unsuitable sitters or allegations of ineligible artworks, the Archibald can certainly cause a stir.