The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, ‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’.
This open competition is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW. Finalists are displayed in an exhibition at the Gallery (although in the early years all entrants were hung). Although it is a non-acquisitive prize, several of the entries are now part of the Gallery’s collection.
Entries in the Archibald Prize are also eligible for the following prizes:
Packing Room Prize
First awarded in 1991 and chosen by the Gallery staff who receive, unpack and hang the entries
ANZ People’s Choice
First awarded in 1988 – now supported by presenting partner ANZ – and voted for by the public visiting the Archibald exhibition
In conjunction with the Archibald’s 100th birthday, we’re seeking information about or images of past Archibald Prize works.