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The winners of the 2020 Archibald Prize are here

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The winner of the Archibald Prize for 2020 has been announced today, September 25 at 12pm.

Artist Vincent Namatjira is the official recipient of the $100,000 Archibald Prize - His winning artwork 'Stand Strong For Who You Are' is a depiction of Adam Goodes. Namatjira is the first Indigenous winner of this prize.

Subject of the artwork, Goodes shared a written statement during the Prize presentation congratulating  Namatjira on his work and highlighting his deservingness of this honour.

The Archibald Prize is a category for the best portrait. The Art Gallery of NSW says that 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia.'



The secondary $50,000 Wynne Prize was awarded to Hubert Pareroultja for 'Tjoritja (West MacDonnell Ranges, NT)'. This prize is for the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists.

The related Wynne prizes, The Trustees’ Watercolour Prize and The Roberts Family Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prize were won by Julianne Ross Allcorn for 'Mollitium 2' and Nyunmiti Burton for 'Seven Sisters' respectively.


Finally, the $40,000 Sulman Prize is for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist. This year it was awarded to Marikit Santiago for her piece 'The Divine'.


The announcements were made by President Art Gallery of NSW Board of Trustees, David Gonski.

Organiser of the Archibald, The Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW) announced its list of finalists in mid September. It was a big year for this prestigious event. The prize, in fact, receive the highest number of entries across the three competitions in its history - a total of 2,565 submissions.

In earlier news, Meyne Wyatt's won the related Packing Room Prize with a unique self-portrait. It was a historic moment as he was the first Indigenous artist to win any of the Archibald Prizes in the Prize's 99-year history.

We congratulate all the winners, highly commended and finalists in this year's Archibald. The official exhibition will be open to the public from September 26 at the AGNSW.


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