Cairns Art Gallery is the exclusive Australian venue outside of NSW. Presented by Art Gallery of New South Wales the Archibald Prize is Australia’s oldest, most prestigious art award. The exhibition is awarded to the best portrait painting and is a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians and celebrities to sporting heroes and authors. Since its inception in 1921, the annual prize of $100,000 has been awarded to some of Australia’s most important artists, often inciting controversy while chronicling the changing face of Australian society and evolving definitions of portraiture.
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