Announcement of Winners
Friday 21 March at 12 noon (media only)
Australia’s most extraordinary art event, the Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is one of this country’s oldest and most prestigious art awards. Combined with the Wynne and Sulman Prizes, lively debate and controversy is assured.
The winners of all three prizes will be announced to the media only on Friday 21 March at 12 noon.
With the financial support of the Colonial Foundation Trust, the winner of the Archibald Prize receives $35,000, the Wynne Prize for landscape painting or figure sculpture $15,000, and the Sulman Prize for subject/genre painting and/or mural work $10,000.
3 - 7 March, between 8am and 4pm each day
Entries for all prizes will be received at the Art Gallery of New South between 8am and 4pm from Monday 3 March until Friday 7 March.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF ARTISTS SHORTLISTED FOR ALL PRIZES, AND THE PACKING ROOM PRIZE
Thursday 13 March at 12 noon (media only)
The names of artists selected for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes will be announced to the media only on Thursday 13 March at 12 noon. The names will be advertised nationally on Thursday 20 March.
At the same time the Packing Room Prize will be announced. This highly coveted prize of $500 is awarded by the burly blokes behind the scenes who receive, unpack and hang all the entries. First awarded in 1991, the Packing Room Prize is adjudicated by the Gallery’s Storeman, Steve Peters - who continues to claim his right to 51% of the votes.
The 2002 Packing Room Prize was won by Jan Williamson for her painting Jenny Morris - singer/songwriter.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS
Friday 21 March at 12 noon (media only)
The winners of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes will be announced to the media on Friday 21 March at 12 noon.
The exhibition will be on view to the public from Saturday 22 March to Sunday 25 May.
THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE
Thursday 15 May at 12 noon
Since 1988 the public has had the opportunity to vote for their favourite portrait in the Archibald exhibition. This year the winner of the ‘People’s Choice’ will be announced on Thursday 15 May at 12 noon. Both the artist and the selected voter will each be presented with $2,500.
The 2002 People’s Choice was won by Jan Williamson for Jenny Morris - singer/songwriter. This was the second time that the People’s Choice prize winner also won the Packing Room Prize; in 2001 Paul Newton was awarded both prizes for Roy and HG.
The Archibald Prize
Jules Francois Archibald’s primary aim, through his bequest of 1919, was to foster portraiture, as well as support artists, and perpetuate the memory of great Australians.
Amongst many controversies, these original aims have certainly been fulfilled and indeed many believe the Archibald Prize has done more than any other single event to stimulate and sustain public interest in the art of portrait painting in Australia.
The Archibald Prize was first awarded in 1921 and over the years, some of Australia’s prominent artists have won, including George Lambert (1927), William Dobell (1943, '48 and '59) and Brett Whiteley (1976 and '78). The subjects of Archibald winners have been equally celebrated in their fields and include ‘Banjo’ Patterson, Margaret Olley, Patrick White and Paul Keating.
The 2002 Archibald Prize was won by Cherry Hood for her portrait Simon Tedeschi Unplugged.
The Archibald Prize is judged by the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The Wynne Prize
In the terms of the bequest of the late Richard Wynne of Mount Wilson who died in 1895, the Wynne Prize is awarded to what the judges consider to be the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours, or for the best example of figure sculpture by an Australian artist.
It was first awarded in 1897, in honour of the official opening of the Art Gallery of New South Wales at its present site. Many winning paintings have become icons in Australian landscape painting, entering the collections of public art museums: Hans Heysen’s watercolour Summer, a consummate masterpiece of 1909, and Russell Drysdale’s classic Sofala of 1947 were both purchased for the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. No less than eight Wynne Prize winning entries purchased by the Gallery are currently hanging in the exhibition Parallel Visions (until 11 May 2003). In 1982 Lloyd Rees’s Morning on the Derwent was purchased for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
The winner of the 2002 Wynne Prize was Angus Nivison for his painting Remembering rain.
The Wynne Prize is judged by the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Entries in the Wynne Prize are also considered by the judges for The Trustees’ Watercolour Prize ($2,000) and for the John & Elizabeth Newham Pring Memorial Prize ($250). In 2002 The Trustees’ Watercolour Prize was awarded to Noel McKenna for his painting South Coast.
The Sulman Prize
The Sulman Prize is awarded for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist. Established within the terms of the late Sir John Sulman’s bequest, it was first awarded in 1936. In 1991 Kevin Connor’s painting Najaf (Iraq) won the prize and this painting was purchased by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
The winner of the 2002 Sulman Prize was Guan Wei for Gazing into deep space no. 9.
Artist Allan Mitelman is the judge of the 2003 Sulman Prize.
Winners of all prizes will be announced to media only
on Friday 21 March 2032 at 12 noon
The NSW Regional Tour of the Archibald Prize is managed by the Museums and Galleries Foundation of New South Wales - telephone (02) 9339 9906.