The Archibald Prize 2016

The most important portraiture prize in Australian art, The Archibald Prize is coming to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

By Benjamen Judd

Beginning on July 16 and running until October 16, the Archibald Prize will bring together in the one gallery some of Australia’s greatest artists and characters in one show.

The Archibald Prize has become one of those rare awards in art to cross over from the rarefied world of art and into the common consciousness.

Since it was first launched in 1921, named for the late J.F Archibald and former editor of The Bulletin who had died in 1919, The Archibald Prize has both stirred the pot and imagination of viewers and artists alike.


Some of the nation’s most memorable images have come from the exhibition: Del Kathryn Barton’s 2013 winning portrait of Hugo Weaving; Brett Whiteley’s controversial 1976 self-portrait; and Adam Cullen’s brilliant rendition of David Wenham in 2000. 

This year, the finalists include work by Betina Fauvel-Ogden, whose painting of masterchef host George Calombaris has taken home the Packing Room Prize; Carla Fletcher and her portrait of fashion designer Linda Jackson; Lewis Miller’s portrait of Bernie Teague; and Nick Stathopoulos’s striking painting of Deng. 

The Archibald Prize will show from July 16 until October 16. Tickets to the exhibition can be purchased at the gallery or online 

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