Entries: 938 (52 selected)
Presenting partner: ANZ
Exhibition dates: 5 June to 26 September 2021
For the first time, there is gender parity for artists selected as Archibald finalists: 26 women and 26 men. Female sitters outnumber the men (although that is not a first).
It is also the first time there have been more works by women than men in the combined Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition.
In the centenary year of the Archibald, a portrait by Peter Wegner of 100-year-old artist Guy Warren (himself an Archibald winner in 1985) took out the prize.
Winner: People's Choice 2021
Julia Ciccarone The sea within
Winner: Packing Room Prize 2021
Kathrin Longhurst Kate