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Submissions open for the Archibald Prize 2015

Australia's most famous art prize now valued at $100,000

6 May 2015

Entries are now open for the 2015 Archibald Prize. Artists are invited to submit their entries online for the Prize, now valued at $100,000 from $75,000 in 2014.

The prize will be awarded, in the terms of the will of the late JF Archibald dated 15 March 1916, to the best portrait ‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia during the 12 months preceding the date fixed by the Trustees for sending in the pictures’.

Entries in the 2015 Archibald Prize competition are eligible to be considered for the Packing Room Prize valued at $1,500 and the People’s Choice award valued at $3,500.

The Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales also invite artists to submit paintings for the Wynne and Sulman Prizes valued this year at $50,000 and $40,000 respectively.

Wynne Prize entrants are also eligible for the Trustees’ Watercolour Prize valued at $5,000 and the John & Elizabeth Newham Pring Memorial Prize valued at $1,000 which may be awarded to the best watercolour by a female artist.

The total prize pool for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes now stands at $201,000.

Entry forms can be submitted online until 26 June 2015.

Paintings in competition for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize will be received at the Art Gallery of NSW from Monday 22 June – Friday 26 June 2015.

Key Media Dates for Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2015

Thursday 9 July 2015
Archibald, Wynne and Sulman finalists and Packing Room Prize winner announcement

Friday 17 July 2015
Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2015 winner announcement

Thursday 10 September 2015
People’s Choice winner announced

18 July – 27 September 2015
Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2015 exhibition, followed by regional tour (dates below)

18 July – 13 September 2015
Salon des Refusés* exhibition, followed by regional tour

The finalists for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, and the prize winners, are selected by the Art Gallery of New South Wales Trustees. The Packing Room Prize is selected by Gallery staff. The People’s Choice is selected by members of the public visiting the exhibition of Archibald Prize finalists at the Gallery.

*The Salon des Refusés is an exhibition of works that were not selected as finalists for the Archibald or Wynne Prizes, held at the SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney.

Regional Tour Dates

Art Gallery of Ballarat: 2 October – 15 November 2015
New England Regional Art Museum: 20 November – 10 January 2016
Tweed River Art Gallery: 15 January –28 February 2016
Manning Regional Art Gallery: 5 March 2016 – 17 April 2016
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery: 23 April 2016 – 5 June 2016
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre: 11 June 2016 – 24 July 2016

For further information on the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes please visit our Prizes page

 
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Media contact

Lisa Catt
Tel 02 9225 1791
Mob 0431 509 978
lisa.catt@ag.nsw.gov.au