Archie 100: a century of the Archibald Prize


Queen Victoria Art Gallery at Royal Park 
22 October 2022  8 January 2023

Celebrating 100 years of Australia’s most renowned portrait prize, this landmark exhibition explores the Archibald prize across its history, revealing fascinating stories behind 100 carefully selected artworks. It uncovers changes in society in engaging ways, enabling people to experience how artistic styles and approaches to portraiture have changed over a century.

Australia’s oldest and most prestigious portrait award, the Archibald Prize, celebrates its centenary in 2021. To mark the occasion QVMAG is one of eight regional galleries across 2021-23 to host the celebratory national touring exhibition.

Archie 100 presents the controversies and the commonplace, and above all, the artists who have made the Archibald Prize the most sought-after accolade in the Australian art world today.

Resulting from many years of searching for lost portraits, Archie 100 will feature works from the Art Gallery of New South Wale's collection as well as works from libraries, galleries and museums across Australia and New Zealand, and private Australian and international collections. The exhibition will tour nationally with QVMAG the only Tasmanian location to host the touring exhibition.

This exhibition includes works that are protected under the Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2013. For further information visit

Artwork, left to right: Max Meldrum Self-portrait at 75, Archibald Prize 1949 finalist. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Marshall Bequest Fund 1977 © Estate of Max Meldrum; Wendy Sharpe Self-portrait as Diana of Erskineville, Archibald Prize 1996 winner. Private collection © Wendy Sharpe

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.