2018 Archibald Prize

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 97th 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 New South Wales. 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, including Orange Regional Gallery.

8 February – 10 April 2019



Anatye: Margaret Loy Pula

Hailing from the remote community of Utopia in Central Australia, Margaret Loy Pula continues a legacy that dates back millennia. Painting traditional stories handed down from her father she depicts homelands, bush foods and ceremonial designs using a patternation of intricate dot work.

“This painting is about my culture, my family. That’s my father’s dreaming. This is from my father’s country, that country is called “Unjangola”. That is north of Utopia, not too far but really desert country”.

Surrounded by an incredibly distinguished artistic family, Pula has been exposed to art her entire life but did not pursue painting until 2007.

An integral part of her culture, Pula’s primary subject matter is ‘Anatye’, the bush potato or yam. Her paintings are an aerial view of the growth pattern of the plant. More than just a source of sustenance, the yam holds a deep spiritual significance to the Anmatyerre people of Central Australia.

8 February – 10 April 2019