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Archibald Prize 2020 tour

Vincent Namatjira Stand strong for who you are (detail), Archibald Prize 2020 winner

Australia’s favourite portrait prize

The annual Archibald Prize is eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.

First awarded in 1921, it is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art awards. Judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW and awarded to the best portrait painting, the Archibald Prize exhibition is a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.

This touring exhibition is an opportunity to see all the finalists in the Archibald Prize 2020.

22 January 2021 – 7 March 2021Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre
19 March 2021 – 2 May 2021Cairns Art Gallery
14 May 2021 – 27 June 2021Griffith Regional Art Gallery
9 July 2021 – 22 August 2021Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
3 September 2021 – 17 October 2021Shoalhaven Regional Gallery
29 October 2021 – 5 December 2021Penrith Regional Gallery


Art Gallery of NSW members can see this for free at the touring venues, just by presenting their current membership card. More about membership