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Archibald Prize 2001

Entries: 638 (31 selected)
Prize money: $35,000
Sponsor: Colonial Foundation Charitable Trust
Exhibition dates: 17 March to 13 May 2001
Only selected works were exhibited; each artist could submit up to two works

There was a record increase in the number of entries, possibly due to the Archibald Prize having been awarded to less conservative works in 1999 and 2000.

Exhibition attendance broke records too with a new high for daily average visitors at 1725 per day (compared with 1388 per day in 2000).

For the first time, the Packing Room Prize and People’s Choice award went to the same work: Paul Newton’s portrait of sporting commentators Roy Slaven and HG Nelson (the comedic alter-egos of John Doyle and Greig Pickhaver).

31 works