2020 Archibald Prize is coming to Tweed Regional Gallery

Tickets now on sale

Tuesday 8 December, 2020

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is proud to be the first venue on the 2020 Archibald Prize Regional Tour following its display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Awarded to the best portrait, 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia', 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. 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 completed in the past year with at least one live sitting with the subject.

Tweed Regional Gallery will host the 2020 Archibald Prize from Friday 22 January until Sunday 7 March 2021 and the Gallery staff are gearing up for an extraordinarily busy summer of visitation. 

Tweed Regional Gallery last hosted the prize in 2016, attracting thousands of visitors over its six-week display.

"We're so excited to be able to bring the Archibald Prize back to the Tweed Regional Gallery and to be the first venue on the regional tour," Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM said. 

"The tour is an opportunity to see all 55 finalists in the 2020 Archibald Prize, including the winning portrait of former professional Australian rules footballer, Adam Goodes, by artist Vincent Namatjira, the first Aboriginal artist to win the Prize in its 99-year history.

"Other famous subjects include actor Magda Szubanski, chef Adam Liaw, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Kurdish-Iranian author, journalist, artist and academic Behrouz Boochani (painted by Lennox Head artist Angus McDonald)."

The exhibition will be launched with a preview event hosted by the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd. on Thursday 21 January, followed by a Gallery Up Late event on Friday 22 January 2021. Visit the Gallery website for more information at artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au.

The 2020 Archibald Prize Regional Tour is a ticketed exhibition. Due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions, visitors will need to specify a date when booking. Tickets are priced as follows:

  • Adult: $12
  • Gallery Friend or Foundation Member: $7
  • Concession or Child 5-7 years: $8
  • Family (2 Adults + up to 3 Children): $30
  • Children under 5: Free
  • Bus group booking: $8 per person
  • School/Education group booking: $6 per person
Tickets can be purchased by visiting https://trg-archibald.eventbrite.com.au

The rest of the Gallery remains free of charge. The 2020 Archibald Prize Regional Tour is generously supported by presenting partner, ANZ.