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For students—2018 Archibald Prize

22 September to 18 November

Explore the key themes of Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Archibald Prize in self-guided exhibition viewing and activity fostering cross-curriculum ideas and inquiry-based learning.


First awarded in 1921, the Archibald Prize is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture, with subjects often including politicians, celebrities, sporting heroes, authors and artists. Since its inception, the Archibald Prize has been engaging art enthusiasts, often stirring up controversy and always challenging the way we see ourselves and our society. Over the years, the prize has been awarded to many of Australia’s most prominent artists. 

Bookings are suggested for a 30-minute visit for primary students and 45 minutes for secondary students. A Geelong Gallery Educator will provide a welcome to your students upon arrival and a short overview of both the Archibald Prize and the concurrent exhibition, Elizabeth Gower.  

We highly recommend using our Archibald Prize specific learning resource* to assist with classroom activities and to support learning prior to visiting the exhibition. Your time in the Prize will be self-guided and we request a minimum of 1 adult to every 8 students (Primary) and 1 adult to 10 students (Secondary).  We also encourage you to visit the Gallery prior to 11am or after 2pm where feasible.

For all school bookings please contact Geelong Gallery at info@geelonggallery.org.au,call 03 5229 3645 or fill in our online booking form.

Cost—$7 per student
Payment required prior to booking 

Download Who’s who portrait prize Learn resource