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Archibald Dates 2005

Friday 29 April 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 & Sulman Prizes, lively debate and controversy is assured.

The winners of all three prizes will be announced to the media only on Friday 29 April 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.

Monday 11 April to Friday 15 April, 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 11 April until Friday 15 April.

Thursday 21 April at 12 noon (media only)

The names of artists selected for the Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes will be announced to the media only on Thursday 21 April at 12noon.

At the same time the Packing Room Prize will be announced. This highly coveted prize of $500 is awarded by the hardworking people behind the scenes who receive, unpack and hang all the entries - around 2000 precious works of art. First awarded in 1991, the Packing Room Prize is adjudicated by the Gallery�s Storeman, Steve Peters - and with 51% of the voting rights, who ever said it was a democratically awarded prize.

The 2004 Packing Room Prize was won by Evert Ploeg for his portrait of Jana Wendt.

Friday 29 April at 12 noon (media only)

The winners of the Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes will be announced to the media only on Friday 29 April at 12 noon.

The exhibition will be on view to the public from Saturday 30 April to Sunday 3 July

Craig Ruddy, David Gulpilil: two worlds
Craig Ruddy
David Gulpilil: two worlds


The People's Choice
Tuesday 21 June at 12noon

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 Tuesday 21 June at 12noon. Both the artist and the selected voter will each be presented with $2,500.

The 2004 People's Choice was won by Craig Ruddy for David Gulpilil: two worlds. This was only the second time that the 'people' agreed with the judges.

The Archibald Prize

Jules Fran�ois 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. Equally it is possible for a first time entrant to win. Some of the subjects of the winning works are not well known, others are celebrated in their fields. Some of the more prominent winning subjects have included literary luminaries 'Banjo' Patterson, Patrick White and Richard Flanagan, politicians including Paul Keating and Gough Whitlam, actors David Wenham, John Bell, Max Gillies and David Gulpilil, and musical virtusos such as Simon Tedeschi and Peter Sculthorpe

The 2004 Archibald Prize was won by Craig Ruddy for his portrait David Gulpilil: two worlds.

The Archibald Prize is judged by the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

George Ward Tjungurrayi, untitled.
George Ward Tjungurrayi

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, and at least nine Wynne Prize winning entries have been purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The winner of the 2004 Wynne Prize was George Ward Tjungurrayi for his painting Untitled.

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 Newnham Pring Memorial Prize ($250).

 In 2004 The Trustees' Watercolour Prize was awarded to John Wolseley for his painting Rare and unexpected sightings of the Embroidered Merops and the Spinifex Grasswren.

The 2004 John & Elizabeth Newnham Pring was awarded to Junko Hagiwara for her painting Macleay St, Kings Cross.

Allan Mitelman, Untitled
Allan Mitelman

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.

The winner of the 2004 Sulman Prize was Allan Mitelman for Untitled.

Artist Mike Parr is the judge of the 2005 Sulman Prize.


Winners of all prizes will be announced to media only on Friday 29 April 2005 at 12 noon

On View


Saturday 30 April to Sunday 3 July 2005
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road
The Domain, Sydney


(02) 9225 1744 or recorded information (02) 9225 1790
National toll free 1800 679 278



7 days a week 10am to 5pm
(closed Easter Friday and Christmas Day)
open until 9pm on Wednesdays


$8 adults / $6 concessions/students/members $22 family (2 adults, 2 children Includes entry to the Citigroup Private Bank Australian Photographic Portrait Prize (Sulman Prize free of charge)

Media Information

Susanne Briggs
(02) 9225 1791 or
mobile 0412 268 320

Claire Martin
(02) 9225 1734 or
mobile 0414 437588


The NSW Regional Tour of the Archibald Prize is managed by Museums and Galleries NSW (telephone 02 9358 1760).

Newcastle Region Art Gallery

9 July to 7 August 2005

Moree Plains Gallery

13 August to 11 September 2005

Cowra Art Gallery

17 September to 16 October 2005

Albury Regional Art Gallery

21 October to 13 November 2005

George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre

25 November 2005 to 19 February 2006

The Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes are supported by the Colonial Foundation Limited.


"Colonial Foundation Trust aims to make a positive contribution to society by supporting organisations that work to find solutions for those in need or improve the quality of community life.

In 1996, the Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited, after 123 years as a mutual life insurance society, demutualised and, in 1997, was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange as Colonial Limited.

The Colonial Foundation Trust was created as part of the demutualisation in order to reflect in some way Colonial Limited�s origin as a mutual society formed to provide a service to its members and the communities it served. Colonial Foundation Limited was formed to act as trustee of the Trust.

Following the merger of Colonial Limited with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in June 2000, Colonial Foundation Limited became fully independent, with the responsibility of carrying out the broadly defined charitable objectives of Colonial Foundation Trust.

The Colonial Foundation is delighted to provide financial support for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes consistent with one of its objectives, that of improving community quality of life through the arts and cultural activities." David Adam Chairman, Colonial Foundation Limited

Media Information: Press Office (02) 9225 1791 or
Claire Martin (02) 9225 1734 or 0414 437 588

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