Archie 100

A Century of the Archibald Prize

Tempe Manning 'Self-portrait' 1939 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of NSW 2021 © the artist's estate

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.


Geelong Gallery
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.