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

Archibald Prize 1980

Entries: 206 (30 selected)
Exhibition dates: 28 February to 22 March 1981
Only selected works were exhibited; each artist could submit up to two works

The newly appointed board of trustees unanimously decided not to award the prize on the grounds that there was no entry worthy of the award. This had only happened once before, in 1964.