We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Archibald Prize 1978

Entries: 236 (39 selected)
Exhibition dates: 16 December 1978 to 29 January 1979
Only selected works were exhibited; each artist could submit up to two works

Brett Whiteley won the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, becoming the first artist to win all three awards in one year. It’s his second Archibald win, again for a self-portrait.

  • Edward Binder - Peter Sculthorpe
  • John Bloomfield - Lloyd Rees
  • John Brack - Sir Garfield Barwick and Professor AG Mitchell
  • David Campbell - Caroline Jones
  • Reg Campbell - Eldred G Bishop Esq
  • Judy Cassab - Portrait of Lloyd Rees
  • Rodney Cassidy - Ray McGuire
  • Kevin Connor - Portrait of Frank Hinder
  • Kevin Connor - Portrait of Robert Klippel (II)
  • Brian Dunlop - Dr Dunstan Kemp
  • Sam Fullbrook - Sports car dealer, Julie Douglas
  • Matthijs Gerber - Reflections on Clive Evatt and self (The symbolic, the imaginary and the real)
  • Anthony Goldston-Morris - Sydney Ball
  • Guy Grey-Smith - Ann Lewis
  • Geoff Harvey - Portrait of Graham McCarter
  • Frank Hinder - Kevin Connor
  • Graeme Inson - Ian Cox
  • Gil Jamieson - EB (Barney) Joyce, OBE
  • Silvia Jansons - Limelight, a portrait of Steven Berkoff
  • Geoff La Gerche - Roger Kemp
  • Keith Looby - Keith Looby
  • David Ryley Marshall - Portrait of Denise
  • Jocelyn Maughan - John Laws
  • L Scott Pendlebury - Nornie Gude
  • John Thomas Rigby - Portrait of Jacqueline Morrissey
  • John Thomas Rigby - Ian Duncanson
  • David Schlunke - Self-portrait
  • Eric John Smith - Lloyd Rees
  • Eric John Smith - Hector Gilliland
  • Greg Soames - Ross Wolfe
  • Noel Thurgate - Lance Wright
  • Noel Thurgate - Lyn Lee leaning
  • Dora Toovey - Senator Neville Bonner
  • Bill Undery - Portrait of Tony Dagg
  • Wes Walters - Portrait of Bruce Smeaton
  • Brett Whiteley - Art, life and the other thing (Winner: Archibald Prize 1978)
  • Lee Whitmore - Here's one of me
  • Fred Williams - Rudy Komon
  • Salvatore Zofrea - Sally McInerney