The Archibald Prize: A Century of portraits

This year marks 100 years of Australia’s oldest portrait award — The Archibald Prize — hosted by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Since 1921 the prize, painted from life, has attracted National interest, controversy, court cases and continually sparks numerous debates, so to celebrate its centenary, we’ve made a list of works from…

Auschar Chauncy, England/Australia b.c.1836-1877 / Portrait of Richard Edwards 1874

We all call Queensland home

By telling the story of Australian Art, we can observe the changing nature of portraiture — the shift from democratic modes such as the nineteenth-century photograph, to oil paintings produced after a number of sittings and preparatory sketches. These portraits tell stories of contact between cultures, including colonial and immigrant experiences. Many of these stories connect…

Bad dad: An interview with Michael Zavros

Queensland artist Michael Zavros’s painting, Bad dad 2013, is the subject of the 2016 QAGOMA Foundation Appeal. Gallery curator Peter McKay recently spoke with the artist about the work, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Archibald Prize. Peter McKay | Audiences often appear attracted to the quality of your images as much as their content.…

Foundation news

During March, our Contemporary Patrons took an interstate tour of the Biennale of Sydney, the first night of which saw members and guests enjoy dinner with exhibiting artist Lee Mingwei before attending the Biennale’s opening-night party on Cockatoo Island. The following days were filled with tours of private collections, and guided viewings of the Biennale’s…