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  • The mother – or father – of all prizes

    Transforming and terrifying, the experience of parenthood has provided inspiration for Archibald artists, who explore the joys, complexities and intense emotions in their revealing portraits.

    10 months, 1 week ago, by Kirsten Tilgals

  • Beneath a passing shower

    For the past five decades, Arthur Streeton's 'Passing showers' has been in storage due to its poor condition. With recent conservation treatment, this landscape painting from the 1937 Wynne Prize is once again ready for display.

    11 months ago, by Marjolein Hupkes

  • Hidden depths

    Successful self-portraits make visible something that is invisible, as is the case with the 11 paintings in this year's Archibald Prize in which artists have chosen to depict themselves.

    11 months, 4 weeks ago, by Susannah Smith

  • Changing face of the Archibald

    It used to be that the Archibald Prize seemed to be predominantly a picture gallery of white men in suits, and sometimes their wives and daughters, but the prize - like the country it reflects - has been slowly changing.

    1 year, 1 month ago, by Kirsten Tilgals

  • A year for the record books

    This year the number of Archibald entries hit an all-time high. We introduce you to some of the artists who were selected as finalists for the 2019 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition.

    1 year, 1 month ago, by Kirsten Tilgals

  • That was then, this is now

    Some of the 2018 Archibald sitters have appeared in prize portraits in the past. We take a look at then and now. How do the paintings compare? And how does an artist's depiction of themselves line up against a portrait of them painted by someone else?

    1 year, 10 months ago, by Kirsten Tilgals

  • Animals in the Archibald

    With two dogs, one cat and one bird among the 2018 Archibald Prize finalists, it is worth talking about the role of pets, and animals in general, in the prize.

    1 year, 11 months ago, by Eric Riddler

  • We are family

    When it comes to Australia’s favourite portrait prize, for this year’s crop of finalists and their subjects it’s a real family affair.

    2 years, 1 month ago, by Kirsten Tilgals

  • Vale Ray Hughes

    Legendary art dealer and gallery owner Ray Hughes has died at the age of 72.

    2 years, 6 months ago, by Art Gallery of NSW blog

  • Not the selfie as you know it

    In establishing the prize that bears his name, JF Archibald may have stipulated that the portrait be 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics', but it's obvious that this year's finalists prefer faces from the art world - even more so when it's their own.

    2 years, 11 months ago, by Kirsten Tilgals

  • Come together

    The finalists in the 2017 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes are notable for many reasons, including the inclusion of collaborative works and works by Indigenous artists.

    2 years, 11 months ago, by Kirsten Tilgals

  • Who's who at this year's Archie

    From the first timers to those you'll encounter more than once in the exhibition, here's an introduction to some of the artists in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2016 and their choice of sitters.

    3 years, 11 months ago, by Kirsten Tilgals

  • Sisters are doing it for themselves

    Women artists have scooped the pool in this year's competition, taking out the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes as well as the Trustees Watercolour Prize and the Packing Room Prize - and all are first-time finalists.

    3 years, 11 months ago, by Kirsten Tilgals

  • Chinese artists in the Archibald

    When the Archibald Prize for portraiture was established almost 100 years ago, it's unlikely anyone would have been able to imagine the impressive contribution that artists from China would one day make.

    4 years, 10 months ago, by Kirsten Tilgals

  • Do I know you?

    As always, there are artists in this year's Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes who we probably recognise, but there are new faces too and some 2014 debutantes who are back for a second time.

    4 years, 11 months ago, by Kirsten Tilgals

  • Is this your first time?

    Some people think the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes are always full of the same old faces. In 2014, there's a flock of finalists who have never been selected for the competition before.

    5 years, 11 months ago, by Kirsten Tilgals