Archibald Prize

The Archibald Prize is returning to the Art Gallery of Ballarat from 14 October to 27 November 2016.  It’s the only Victoria venue for Australia’s favourite art award.

barry-humphriesIt’s Australia’s foremost portraiture prize.  Featuring a who’s who from Australian culture,
including politicians, celebrities, sporting heroes and artists.

Having attracted 830 entries for the Archibald Prize in 2016.  The touring exhibition will feature the 51 finalists.

Featuring eighteen Victorian finalists including the winning portrait by Melbourne artist Louise Hearman of Barry Humphries.  The Packing Room Prize portrait of George Colombaris by Betina Fauvel-Ogden and Deng painted by Nick Stathopoulous, the winner of the Portrait Prize.

Regional school children can participate in the Young Archies which will be displayed in shop windows and businesses throughout the centre of Ballarat.


Since its foundation in 1921, the Archibald Prize has thrilled art enthusiasts and the general
public alike.  The prize has been awarded to some of Australia’s most well-known artists from Nora Heysen, William Dobell, Wendy Sharpe, Brett Whiteley, Cherry Hood, Ben Quilty, Del Kathryn Barton, Tim Storrier and Fiona Lowry.

An open competition which is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW.  Entries in the Archibald must have at least one live sitting with their subject and painted within the past year.

For more information on  Archibald Prize and the Art Gallery of Ballarat, visit the website here.


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