Entries: 798 (41 selected)
Exhibition dates: 31 March to 3 June 2012
Only selected finalists were exhibited; each artist could submit only one work
The main prize money rose from $50,000 to $75,000.
A portrait by Luke Cornish was the first Archibald finalist work to be produced in the stencil-art style.
Winner: People's Choice 2012
Jenny Sages After Jack
Winner: Packing Room Prize 2012
Raelene Sharp A strength of character