Entries: 1068 (55 selected)
Presenting partner: ANZ
Exhibition dates: 26 September to 10 January 2021
Only selected finalists were exhibited; each artist could submit only one work
Records were broken again. The number of entries hit an all-time high. Among the finalists, there were eight Indigenous artists and ten Indigenous sitters – and, for the first time, Indigenous artists won the Packing Room Prize (awarded to Meyne Wyatt) and the Archibald Prize (awarded to Vincent Namatjira).
This was after a delay in the competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Entry submissions were suspended for a period and the exhibition was postponed. Subsequently the eligibility periods of both the work and the artist (which are based around the date of the delivery of entries) were extended.
Winner: People's Choice 2020
Angus McDonald Behrouz Boochani
Winner: Packing Room Prize 2020
Meyne Wyatt Meyne