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Celebrate 100 Years Of The Archibald Prize At Archie 100

Art

It’s been 100 years since the first Archibald Prize – Australia’s oldest portrait award, and the most sought-after local accolade in the art industry today.

To celebrate this major milestone, an exhibition featuring a diverse selection of Archibald portraits from every decade opens tomorrow at Geelong Gallery. The Gallery is the exclusive Victorian venue for the exhibit, which unearths the fascinating stories behind almost 100 artworks.

See a virtual sneak peek of Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize below, and book your tickets now!

5th November, 2021

‘Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize’. Installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2021. Photo – Hails & Shine

‘Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize’. Installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2021. Photo – Hails & Shine

‘Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize’. Installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2021. Photo – Hails & Shine

‘Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize’. Installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2021. Photo – Hails & Shine

‘Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize’. Installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2021. Photos – Hails & Shine

‘Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize’. Installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2021. Photo – Hails & Shine

Left: ‘Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize’. Installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2021.

Right:

‘Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize’. Installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2021.’ Photographer: Hails & Shine. Image featuring works by:

Peter Tyndall
detail A Person Looks At A Work Of Art /someone looks at something . . .LOGOS/HA HA 1991
enamel on canvas
The University of Melbourne Art Collection
Michael Buxton Collection
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Michael and Janet Buxton 2018

George Lambert
Self-portrait with gladioli 1922
oil on canvas
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, gift of John Schaeffer AO 2003
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program

Photos – Hails & Shine

‘Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize’. Installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2021. Photo – Hails & Shine

Amelia Barnes
Friday 5th November 2021

‘Archie 100 is an enthralling exploration of some of the key moments in the evolution of the prize, from 1921 to today.’  – Dr Michael Brand

Explore the history of the Archibald Prize at Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize opening Saturday November 6 at Geelong Gallery!

Since 1921, the Archibald Prize has been awarded to the best portrait painted by any artist resident in Australasia of a distinguished person in art, letters, science or politics. Originally a £400 award, today it’s a $100,000 prize and the most sought-after honour in Australian art.

This exhibition honours the prize’s 100-year anniversary, displaying almost 100 artworks arranged thematically from the prestigious portrait award’s history. Portraits range from the commonplace to the controversial, with entries from every decade represented.

Art Gallery of NSW director Dr Michael Brand says, ‘Since its inception, the Archibald Prize has attracted entries from both prominent and emerging artists in Australia and New Zealand, and celebrated figures from all walks of life, from famous faces to local heroes.

‘Archie 100 is an enthralling exploration of some of the key moments in the evolution of the prize, from 1921 to today, and an opportunity to reflect on our shared history and consider how we’ve changed over the course of a century.’

Curating Archie 100 follows many years of research into more than 6,000 works that have been shown in the Archibald to date. Artworks on show include those uncovered from a national public appeal for help to locate lost portraits; a selection of works from the Art Gallery of NSW collection; works from libraries, galleries and museums across Australia and New Zealand; and those from private collections.

Geelong Gallery is the only Victorian venue to host Archie 100, which concludes on Sunday February 20, 2022. Following the Gallery’s successful presentation of RONE, the city looks forward to welcoming a projected 80,000 people to the region.

Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize 
Geelong Gallery
Saturday November 6 2021 – Sunday February 20 2022
Tickets on sale now

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