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Fri 18 Jul 2014

Best Australian painting of last year honored with the Archibald Prize

  • By Jasper vd B and 1 other
  • Last Update: 3 years ago
  • Australia

The Archibald Prize is regarded as the most important portraiture prize in Australia and New Zealand. 

First awarded in 1921 after a bequest from editor J. F. Archibald, it recognizes talent for 'the best portrait', preferentially of some man or woman who indistinguishably excelled in Art, Letters, Science or Politics.

The only requirement is that the painting must have been created by an artist resident in Australia or New Zealand during the 12 months preceding the award date fixed by the Board of Trustees.

Awarded annually, the winners receive a grand prize is 50,000 Australian dollars granted through the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

J. F. Archibald, editor of 'The Bulletin', a popular newspaper during that era, died in 1919.

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Organization: Art Gallery of NSW

Phone: +61 2 9225 1744