Event held on January 22

Archibald Prize 2019

Provided by: Coffs Harbour City Council

Event runs from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, until 6/03/2021
To Be Held At

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Address: Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

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About the Event


Awarded to the best painting of a notable Australian, the Archibald Prize is a who’s who of Australian culture, from politicians to celebrities and from sporting heroes to artists. Prestigious and controversial, the Archibald Prize is Australia’s foremost portraiture prize. The Archibald Prize awards $100,000 prize money for the winning artist. In its 98th year, the Archibald Prize has been held annually since 1921. An open competition, the Archibald Prize is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW. Entries to the Archibald Prize must be painted in the past year from at least one live sitting. Finalists are exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales before embarking on a year-long regional tour. In the early years, all entries were hung. The 2019 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is proudly presented by ANZ. This year is the 10th anniversary of ANZ’s partnership with Australia’s most extraordinary art event.

2019 Archibald Prize is on show at both Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and Culture Hub, Level 1, Coffs Central, Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour.


Culture Hub: Coffs Harbour LibrariesMuseum and Gallery in association with Coffs Central. Combining arts, community and culture for Coffs Harbour and our region.


Young Archie Competition

As part of the exhibition, the Gallery is hosting the Young Archie competition. Budding Coffs Coast artists between the ages of 5 and 18 are invited to submit a portrait for the Young Archie competition, as part of our family-focused activities for the 2019 Archibald Prize regional tour.

Entries close 20 November 2020.

Find out more about the Young Archie Competition and download your entry form. Download your Young Archie poster.

School Group Tours

We welcome visits from school groups wishing to explore the 2019 Archibald Prize exhibition. Gallery staff and volunteers will conduct tours for your school group. To arrange a school group tour, please complete our Expression of Interest Form.

Education Kit

Designed to engage audiences with portraiture, this online education kit from the Art Gallery of NSW includes making activities for children and students in K-12 as well as suggestions for looking at and responding to portraits. It can be used in conjunction with any exhibition or study of portraits, and is particular relevant to the Archibald Prize.


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Image credit: 

Archibald Prize 2019 finalist, Kim Leutwyler, ‘Faustina', oil and acrylic on canvas

76 x 76.5 cm © the artist, Photo: AGNSW, Mim Stirling, Sitter: Faustina Agolley – actor