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Enter the Archibald Prize

Entry forms available in early 2024

The following information is provided only as a general guide to entering. Final instructions and conditions will be published with the form, on a date to be advised.

Archibald Prize

Value $100,000

The Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales invite artists to submit paintings in competition for the Archibald Prize.

The prize will be awarded, in the terms of the will of the late JF Archibald dated 15 March 1916, to the best portrait ‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia during the 12 months preceding the date fixed by the Trustees for sending in the pictures’.

Entries in the Archibald Prize competition are also eligible to be considered for:

  • Packing Room Prize – value $3000
  • ANZ People’s Choice – value $5000

Key dates

  • Entry forms available online: early 2024 (date to be advised)
  • Date of work: must be completed 3 May 2023 – 3 May 2024
  • Eligibility period: resident in Australia/New Zealand 3 May 2023 – 3 May 2024
  • Delivery of entries BY COURIER ONLY: 8am – 4pm, 22, 23, 24 and 26 April 2024
  • Delivery of entries BY ARTIST OR REPRESENTATIVE OR COURIER: 8am – 4pm, 29 April – 3 May 2024
  • Collection of works not selected EXCEPT if sending a courier: 8am – 4pm, 3–7 June and 11–14 June 2024
  • Collection of works not selected IF sending a courier: your courier company will be advised
  • Collection of works selected for Archibald Prize or Salon des Refusés: selected artists to be advised
  • Finalists and Packing Room Prize winner announced: 30 May 2024
  • Winners announced: 7 June 2024
  • Archibald Prize 2024 exhibition: 8 June – 8 September 2024, followed by the exhibition tour until 31 August 2025
  • Salon des Refusés exhibition: dates to be advised

Note: no delivery or collection of works on weekends and public holidays, including Thursday 25 April (Anzac Day) and Monday 10 June (King’s Birthday long weekend in NSW)

Instructions and conditions

In any year, the artist may enter ONE WORK ONLY. This does not prevent the artist entering other works in other competitions such as the Wynne or Sulman Prizes.

Eligibility

The artist must have been resident in Australia or New Zealand for the eligibility period (12 months before the closing date of entries).

The work must have been completed during the eligibility period (12 months before the closing date of entries).

See Key Dates above.

The work

  • Must be a painting.
  • Must be a portrait painted from life, with the subject known to the artist, aware of the artist’s intention and having at least one live sitting with the artist.
  • Must NOT exceed the size limit of 90,000 square cm, with a maximum height of 3m (eg height x width: 3 × 3 m, 1.5 × 6 m). Dimensions apply to the entire work of art, including the mounting or framing.
  • May be a multi-panel work as long as the overall dimensions do not exceed the size limit above.
  • May be painted in any medium (eg oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media).

Sitter’s statement

When brought to the Gallery, your work must be accompanied by a signed statement from the subject of your portrait. They can sign the statement on your completed printed entry form or a separate piece of paper, with wording like the sample provided. Note: this statement can also be used at any time before entries are officially open.

Download sample statement

Further instructions and conditions will be available when the entry forms go online