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.
||Deng, (portrait of Deng Adut)|
||Bruno Jean Grasswill
||All that's good in me (self-portrait
as son Luca)|
||Love face (portrait of Asher Keddie)|
||After Jack (self portrait)|
||The Prince of Darkness Warwick
||portrait of actor Heath Ledger |
||portrait of conductor George Ellis|
||All the world's a stage, portrait of
actor and comedian Garry McDonald |
||Bob's Daily Swim |
||Two Worlds, portrait of actor David
||Lao Fei, portrait of diplomat Stephen
||portrait of singer/songwriter Jenny Morris|
||portrait of John Doyle and Greig Pickhaver
(Roy Slaven and HG Nelson)|
||Never been better, portrait of
painter Bill Leak|
||portrait of actor Deborah Mailman|
||portrait of academic Rolf Prince|
||portrait of television producer Jeanne
||portrait of painter Bill Leak|
||portrait of lawyer Malcolm Turnbull|
||portrait of artist Victor Sellu|
||portrait of historian Hugh Stretton|
||portrait of painter Donald Friend|
||portrait of painter John Beard