Archibald Prize – Packing Room Prize
Regarded as the most important portraiture prize in Australia, The first Archibald Prize was awarded in 1921 for £400. In 1956 it was $1,364. By 2011 the prize had grown to $75,000. Note: the portrait on the right is the 1924 Archibald Prize Winner.
Over time two additional categories have been added to the
People's Choice Award comes with a monetary prize of $3,500.
The winner is decided by votes from the viewing public. The
Packing Room Prize began in 1991 and awards $1,500 to the
winner. Gallery staff who who receive and install the portraits vote
for their choice of winner.
The Packing Room Prize has been known as the "kiss of death"
because none had won a matching Archibald Prize in the same year.
There have been two winners (1988 and 2004) that won both the
People's Choice Awards and the Archibald Prize in the same year.
Archibald Prize Winners >> Present to 1991 1990 to 1951 1950 to 1921 in Australia
People's Choice Award
Packing Room Prize
||Bruno Jean Grasswill
||The Member, Dr Sir Leslie Colin
Patterson KCB AO (portrait of Sir Les Patterson)|
||A Strength of Character, portrait of
actor John Wood |
||celebrity chef Matt Moran |
||Glenn in Black and White – Glenn A.
||Flacco's chariot – Paul Livingston|
||musician Neil Finn (Crowded House, Split
||Take two – actor Jack Thompson|
||A working class man – TV personality
||actor Bill Hunter |
||TV journalist Jana Wendt |
||actor and writer Rachel Ward|
||singer/songwriter Jenny Morris|
||Roy Slaven and HG Nelson|
||Are you with me? – Sir Les Patterson
(a character created by Barry Humphries)|
||actor and comedian Garry McDonald|
||self-portrait as a bridesmaid|
||singer Tex Perkins (The Cruel Sea)|
||radio announcer John Laws|
||actor and singer Jon English|
||singer Kate Ceberano|
||horse trainer Colin Hayes|
||politician Gareth Evans|