The Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to fashion designers, sporting heroes to artists.
Since 1921, the Archibald Prize has been thrilling art enthusiasts, often stirring up controversy and always challenging the way we see ourselves and our society. Over the years, the prize has been awarded to many of Australia’s most prominent artists.
The Art Gallery of Ballarat is proud to be the exclusive Victorian venue for the 2016 Archibald Prize, which is a touring exhibition of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
AGB Member $7.50
Child (5-16) $7.50
Child (U5) FREE
Group (10+) $10
Includes entry to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka. More information
Join the Gallery Association and enjoy the benefits today.
Pre-purchase your Archibald Prize tickets and avoid the queues.
Catch a train to the Archibald Prize — sit back, relax and enjoy your trip without worrying about parking. The Gallery is just a 250m walk from the station!
The Archibald Prize 2016 is a timed-ticket exhibition, with entry every thirty-minute intervals until the last entry at 4pm. To secure your preferred viewing time, we strongly recommend booking in advance. If you choose to buy tickets on the day, make sure you arrive early to avoid disappointment.
When you purchase your tickets online you can choose to receive your tickets by:
Print at Home
Print your ticket at home with its unique barcode. Please ensure you have your tickets with you when you visit the Gallery — reprinting tickets on the day will incur a processing fee.
We can mail your tickets to you, but a postage and handling fee of $3 will be applied to your purchase. Please ensure you have your tickets with you when you visit the Gallery — reprinting tickets on the day will incur a processing fee.
Box Office Collection
Your tickets can be collected from the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Your Credit Card will be required for ID. If collecting tickets on the day, you may have to queue to collect your tickets.
Tickets purchased over the phone can be mailed or held for collection at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Cultural Experience Ticket
Ticket includes a special entry price to both the Archibald Prize 2016 exhibition and the award winning Museum of Australian Democracy (M.A.D.E) and a $15 voucher for the Saltbush Kitchen café @ M.A.D.E.
There is a special ticket price of $10 per person available for groups of 10 or more. To make a booking for your group just purchase 10 tickets in one transaction, and a group discount will be applied to your ticket price.
For large group bookings (20+) please contact Majestix on 03 5333 5888
There is a special ticket price for school groups of $2.50 per student (Member schools) or $5 per student (Non-Member schools). To make a booking for your school, just contact the Gallery on 03 5320 5858 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Consider signing up as a Member School of the Art Gallery of Ballarat. The cost ranges from $50 to $110 per year, depending on the size of the school. For more information contact the Gallery on 03 5320 5858 or email@example.com
Jules François Archibald (1856–1919) was founding editor of The Bulletin and made a significant contribution to the development of a distinctly Australian style of literature and graphic newspaper art. His 1919 bequest funded the creation of a major portrait painting competition, aiming to foster portraiture, support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians.
Each year in accordance with the Archibald Bequest, resident Australian artists are invited to submit paintings portraying from life, men or women ‘distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics’. The Trustees of the Gallery judge the entries and the winner receives $100,000, courtesy of ANZ. This is a non-acquisitive competition. In addition to the main prize, The People’s Choice is awarded to the painting voted most popular with visitors to the exhibition.
Taking a variety of forms, a portrait can be simply a visual record for posterity, a personal tribute, a remembrance or token of friendship, a celebration of a person’s status or an indicator of fashion. The finest portraits involve a probing of the inner individual as well as external appearance, and at the same time, address questions of painterly aesthetics. It is a condition that the portrait has been entered with the consent of the subject.
The Archibald was first awarded in 1921, and over the years some of Australia’s most prominent artists have won, including George Lambert (1927), William Dobell (1943, 1948 & 1959) and Brett Whiteley (1976 & 1978). The subjects of Archibald winners have been equally celebrated in their fields, including such luminaries as ‘Banjo’ Patterson, Margaret Olley, Patrick White and Paul Keating.