2021 Archibald Prize

22 January - 6 March 2022
Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm & every Friday until 8pm

Tickets available over the counter, or book in advance online

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View the 2021 Archibald Prize Tuesday – Sunday 10.00am – 5.00pm (excluding public holidays) and every Friday during the exhibition until 8pm.

Guided tours are available 12.00pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

In 2021, The Archibald Prize is celebrating 100 years as Australia’s oldest and most loved portraiture prize and we are delighted to be hosting the Prize in Maitland in 2022!

Prestigious and controversial, the Archibald Prize was first awarded in 1921 following a bequest from former Art Gallery trustee JF Archibald to foster portraiture, support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians.

The open competition has been awarded annually to the best portrait, ‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in arts, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’.

Visit the exhibition to vote for your favourite portrait in the ANZ People’s Choice award before voting closes on 9 March 2022.

For families, there are also children’s labels, a children’s art trail and an activity sheet with ideas for creating your own portraits at home.

Entry to The 2021 Archibald Prize is by ticket only.

All ages exhibition. Bring your own headphones to experience the Audio Tour.


Tickets to view the 2021 Archibald Prize exhibition at Maitland Regional Art Gallery are for the allotted time and date on your ticket.

Tickets can be purchased over the counter, or in advance online. Each ticket permits entry to the exhibition for a period of one hour. 

Ticket prices*

  • $ 7 – MRAG Members
  • $12 – Adults
  • $30 – Family (2 adults + 3 children under 18 years)
  • $8 – Concession card (Pension, Health Care, Fulltime Student aged 18+)
  • $8 – Child 5-17 years
  • Free – Child under 5 years
  • Companion card accepted**

* Tickets purchased online are subject to an additional booking fee. Tickets are single entry only. Concession cards must be presented at entry.

** Admission to the 2021 Archibald Prize exhibition is free to those who hold a Companion Card and are assisting as a carer. Present your Companion Card at the front desk to receive your ticket.

An Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition