2017 Archibald Prize Regional Tour
Awarded to the best painting of a notable Australian, the Archibald Prize is a who's who of Australian culture, from politicians to celebrities and from sporting heroes to artists.
Prestigious and controversial, the Archibald Prize is Australia’s foremost portraiture prize.
The Archibald Prize awards $100,000 prize money for the winning artist. In its 96th year, the Archibald Prize has been held annually since 1921. An open competition, the Archibald Prize is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Entries to the Archibald Prize must be painted in the past year from at least one live sitting. Finalists are exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales before embarking on a year-long regional tour. In the early years, all entries were hung. The prize was established from a bequest by Jules Francois Archibald, the founding editor of The Bulletin magazine. Archibald was a passionate supporter of a distinctly Australian style of nationalism, journalism and the arts. In establishing the prize his aim was to foster portraiture as well as support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians. JF Archibald died in 1919 at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst, with the first Archibald Prize being staged two years after his death. According to Archibald’s will – held in the Art Gallery of New South Wales archive – the Archibald Prize is to be 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'. Portraits must have been painted in the previous year from at least one live sitting with the artist.
The Archibald Prize 2017 Touring Exhibition is now on display at the Grafton Regional Gallery until 4pm Sunday 18 March. This is a ticketed exhibition. The tickets are season tickets so you can come and enjoy Australia’s foremost portraiture prize as many times as you like, using the same ticket. Tickets are not transferable. Tickets cost $10 per person, $5 for Friends of the Gallery and ANZ customers, a gold coin for school students and free for pre-schoolers.
New opening hours will be operating at the gallery. While the Archibald is on display the gallery will be open 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday, staying open to 7pm on Friday evenings and be open on Sundays 10am to 2pm. Our new café, Entrees, will be open the same hours.
Image Credit: Archibald Prize 2017 winner
Mitch Cairns 'Agatha Gothe-Snape' © the artist