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Archibald Prize Exhibition

Archibald Prize Exhibition

The Archibald Prize is an art competition which awards the best portrait of a person who is distinguished in art, science or politics.

The prize was first awarded in 1921, and today is a coveted art competition that has prize money awarded in the amount of $100,000.

Archibald Prize Exhibition 2022 Prize Winners, Dates, Hours & Art Tour

The competition started after J.F. Archibald made a bequest in his name and the competition is now administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The competition aims to support local Australian artists as well as create lasting memories of important Australian figures.

Past winners of the Archibald Prize have included: Yvette Coppersmith (self-portrait), Mitch Cairns (Agatha Gothe-Snape), Louise Hearman (Barry Humphreys), Nigel Milsom (Charles Waterstreet), Fiona Lawry (Penelope Siedler), Del Kathryn Barton (Hugo Weaving), Ben Quilty (Margaret Olley), just to name a few.

To be eligible to compete, the artist must have been resident in Australia or New Zealand for the eligibility period. The artwork itself 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 and must not exceed the size limit of 90,000 square cm. The painting may be painted in any medium (such as oil, acrylic, watercolour).

The winner and finalists of the Archibald Prize are displayed in the Art Gallery of New South Wales and many portraits remain in the gallery’s permanent collection.


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    • Hi Mark,

      It doesn’t appear that the dates for 2022 have been announced yet on the official website, but if the dates of 2021 are anything to go by, the delivery of entries by artist or representative or courier was between 8am – 4pm, on 26–30 April 2021.

      So you would expect the dates to be very similar for 2022.


    • Hi Peta,

      There doesn’t appear to be any dates listed for the 2022 event yet on the Art Gallery of New South Wales website, but when they are, i would suspect the will be published at https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/young-archie/enter/.

      The 2022 dates are likely going to be similar to 2021, so using them as a guide, you would expect the key dates to be within a couple of days of this year:
      – Entry forms were available on 27 January 2021
      – Entries had to be received before 7 March 2021, 5pm
      – Finalists and honourable mentions announced on 27 May 2021
      – Young Archie exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW between 5 June – 26 September 2021
      – Winners announced on 31 July 2021


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