Archibald Prize

By: Leanne

What is the Archibald Prize?

The Archibald Prize is one of Australia's oldest and most important visual arts award. Its a prize awarded for the best portrait. The person in the portrait must be famous in any way like an artist, a person who is renown for his letters, scientist or a politician. The winning entree for the contest is judged by trustees of the NSW art gallery.

History of the Archibald Prize

The reason why the Archibald Prize exist right now is because Jules Francois Archibald wanted young Australian to know about Australian identity. So he decided to encourage his thought through portrait. It all started on 1921 when the first prize was awarded to Jules Francois Archibald. The prize was given to him by the trustees of the NSW art gallery for having excellent portraits in The Bulletin magazine. In 1921 the prize was £400 and is now worth $50 000. 700 entries are entered every year for the Archibald Prize, but only about 40 are chosen as finalists for display.

The Winnners

  • From 1921-1924 W.B McInnes won the Archibald prize
  • 1925: John Longstaff won
  • 1926: Again it was W.B McInnes that won
  • 1927: George W. Lambert was the winner
  • 1928-1929: John Longstaff was the winner again
  • 1930: W.B McInnes
  • 1931: John Longstaff
  • 1932: Ernest Buckmaster achieved being the winner
  • 1933: Charles Wheeler won
  • 1934: Henry Hanke won
  • 1935: John Longstaff won again
  • 1936: W.B McInnes
  • 1937: Normand Baker was the winner
  • 1938: Nora Heysen came first to achieve the Archibald Prize
  • 1939-1940: Max Meldrum
  • 1941-1943: William Dargie
  • 1944: Joshua Smith
  • 1945-1947: William Dargie
  • 1948: William Dobell
  • 1949: Arthur Murch
  • 1950: William Dargie
  • 1951: Ivor Hele
  • 1952: William Dargie
  • 1953-1955: Ivor Hele
  • 1956: William Dargie
  • 1957: Ivor Hele
  • 1958: William PidgeonMr. Ray Walker
  • 1959: William Dobell
  • 1960: Judy Cassab
  • 1961: William Pidgeon
  • 1962: Louis Kahan
  • 1963: J. Carrington Smith
  • 1964: No award
  • 1965: Clifton Pugh
  • 1966: Jon Molvig
  • 1967: Judy Cassab
  • 1968: William Pidgeon
  • 1969: Ray Crooke
  • 1970: Eric Smith
  • 1971:1972: Clifton Pugh
  • 1973: Janet Dawson
  • 1974: Sam Fullbrook
  • 1975: Kevin Connor
  • 1976: Brett Whiteley
  • 1977: Kevin Connor
  • 1978: Brett Whiteley
  • 1979: Wes Walters
  • 1980: No award
  • 1981-1982: Eric Smith
  • 1983: Nigel Thomson
  • 1984: Keith Looby
  • 1985: Guy Warren
  • 1986: Davida Allen
  • 1987: William Robinson
  • 1988: Fred Cress
  • 1989: Bryan Westwood
  • 1990: Geoffrey Proud
  • 1991/92: Bryan Westwood
  • 1992/93: Garry Shead
  • 1993/94: Francis Giacco
  • 1995: William Robinson
  • 1996: Wendy Sharpe
  • 1997: Nigel Thomson
  • 1998: Lewis Miller
  • 1999: Euan MacLeod
  • 2000: Adam Cullen
  • 2001: Nicholas Harding
  • 2002: Cherry Hood
  • 2003: Geoffrey Dwyer
  • 2004: Craig Ruddy
  • 2005: John Olsen
  • 2006: Marcus Wills
  • 2007: John Beard
  • 2008: Del Kathryn Barton
  • 2009: Guy Maestri
  • 2010: Sam Leach
  • 2011: Ben Quilty
  • 2012: Tim Storrier
  • 2013: Del Kathryn Barton
  • 2014: Wynne and Sulman