Celebrating 100 years of Australia’s most renowned portrait prize
In 2021, Australia’s oldest and most-loved portrait award, the Archibald Prize, celebrated its 100th birthday.
Arranged thematically, Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize unearths fascinating stories behind more than 100 artworks carefully selected from every decade. It reflects not just how artistic styles and approaches to portraiture have changed over time but, importantly, the changing face of our nation.
Since 1921, the prize has attracted entries from both prominent and emerging artists in Australia and New Zealand, and featured people from all walks of life, from famous faces to local heroes.
Resulting from many years of research for lost portraits, this landmark exhibition features works from the Art Gallery’s collection as well as works from libraries, galleries and museums across Australia and New Zealand, and private Australian and international collections – some that have not been seen since first being exhibited in the Archibald.
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Art Gallery of NSW members can see this for free at the touring venues, just by presenting their current membership card.
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