Discover the historical past of the Archibald Prize at Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize opening Saturday November 6 at Geelong Gallery!
Since 1921, the Archibald Prize has been awarded to the very best portrait painted by any artist resident in Australasia of a distinguished particular person in artwork, letters, science or politics. Initially a £400 award, right now it’s a $100,000 prize and essentially the most sought-after honour in Australian artwork.
This exhibition honours the prize’s 100-year anniversary, displaying virtually 100 artworks organized thematically from the celebrated portrait award’s historical past. Portraits vary from the commonplace to the controversial, with entries from each decade represented.
Artwork Gallery of NSW director Dr Michael Model says, ‘Since its inception, the Archibald Prize has attracted entries from each outstanding and rising artists in Australia and New Zealand, and celebrated figures from all walks of life, from well-known faces to native