Archie 100: a century of the Archibald Prize

Queen Victoria Museum at Inveresk
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

Is there an entry charge to the exhibition?

Yes, this is a ticketed exhibition. Ticket options include:

  • Adult - $15
  • Concession - $10
  • Child (5-18 years) - $5
  • Child (under 5) - Free of charge
  • Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children between 5-18 years) - $40

Tickets are available for purchase on-site at the Museum prior to entry. 

When will tickets be available?

Tickets for the Archie 100: a century of the Archibald Prize exhibition will go on sale at the Museum at Inveresk at 10am on Saturday 22 October2022.

Can I pre-book my tickets?

Tickets will be available for purchase prior to entering the exhibition at the Museum at Inveresk. 

Large group bookings

If you would like to pre-plan a large group booking to view the Archie 100: a century of the Archibald Prize exhibition please call our Bookings Officer on (03) 6323 3798 or via email to

Group bookings can be made from 10am, Saturday 22 October 2022 onwards.

Can I purchase tickets to this exhibition online?

Pre-purchased tickets aren’t available for this exhibition, however tickets can be easily purchased on the day at the visitor desk prior to entering the exhibition. 

What dates will this exhibition be on display?

The Archie 100: a century of the Archibald Prize will be on display at the Museum at Inveresk from Saturday 22 October 2022 to Sunday 8 January 2023. 

Will this exhibition be available elsewhere in Tasmania?

QVMAG is one of nine national touring locations for the Archie 100: a century of the Archibald Prize exhibition, and is the exclusive venue partner for Tasmania. 



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.

Archie 100 a century of the Archibald Prize tour funding partners