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Wes Walters Molly (detail) 1983, Collection of Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum © Estate of Wes Walters

Archie 100
A Century of the Archibald Prize

15 April – 25 June 2023
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Archibald Prize, Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize explores the rich history of Australia’s most prestigious portrait award.

First awarded in 1921, the Archibald Prize was established following a bequest from the founder of The Bulletin magazine, JF Archibald (1856-1919), whose aim was to foster portraiture, support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians.

This landmark exhibition celebrates figures from all walks of life, from famous faces to local heroes, and presents fascinating stories behind the carefully selected artworks.  


Arranged thematically, Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize delves into the controversies and the triumphs, and honours the artists who have made the prize the most sought-after accolade in Australian art today. Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize includes portraits by a wide range of artists from across Australia and New Zealand and from every decade of the prize.

Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize includes works from the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ own collection as well as from collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library of Australia, the State Library of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

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MAGNT Foundation Volunteer Guides share insights into select works in Archie 100.

FREE for Archie 100 ticket holders, no booking required.


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