2013 Archibald Prize

23 April 2014

Australia’s most iconic art award the Archibald Prize is now on exhibition at the LibraryMuseum.

The Archibald Prize has celebrated Australian portraiture since 1921. Each year it attracts hundreds of entries and features prominent identities from all walks of Australian life.

The Archibald Prize only tours selected regional cities on a rotating three-year schedule. 2014 will be the first time Albury has hosted the Archibald Prize since 2011. The exhibition will include Del Kathryn Barton’s winning entry hugo and Vincent Fantauzzo’s people’s choice award Love face featuring actress Asher Keddie. All 39 shortlisted entries will be on display at the LibraryMuseum throughout the exhibition.

AlburyCity has organised a full program of tours and events to welcome the Archibald to the city, promising to make the exhibition interactive and accessible to all residents.

“This is Australia’s most prestigious arts exhibition and we’re thrilled to be hosting it again in Albury,” Mayor Kevin Mack said. “The Archibald is renowned for the level of talent and creativity it attracts every year.”

“We’ll be offering guided tours and workshops throughout the exhibition. We’ll also be offering free entry at designated times throughout the week, making it accessible for everyone in the region.”

“We only have the opportunity to host the Archibald Prize every three years so it’s a great opportunity for residents to enjoy Australia’s most iconic exhibition right here in Albury.”

2014 will also be the first time the Archibald Prize has been exhibited in the LibraryMuseum as the Albury Art Gallery undergoes redevelopment.

“Traditionally we’ve hosted the Archibald in the art gallery but this year we have the chance to show off the versatility of the LibraryMuseum. We’ll completely transform the space and it will be perfect for the exhibition,” Mayor Mack added.

Since its inception in 1921, the Archibald Prize has continued to be one of Australia’s most prestigious art awards and never fails to draw interest, attention and debate. Awarded to the best portrait painting, the Archibald Prize is a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.

In 2013, 868 entries were received and judged by the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Ultimately, Del Kathryn Barton was awarded as the winner, receiving $75,000 for her painting, hugo.

The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’.

In establishing the prize, JF Archibald’s aim was to foster portraiture as well as support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians. Over the years some of Australia’s most prominent artists have entered and the subjects have been equally celebrated in their fields.

Exhibition Entry
Adults: $4.00
Free entry for children aged under 15 years, Friends of the LibraryMuseum and Albury Regional Art Gallery.
Free entry after 5pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and 12noon to 4pm Sundays.

Find out more about the full Archibald Exhibition program