Some prizes need no introduction as their reputation and prestige proceeds them. The Archibald Prize is one such award, celebrating artists who capture something special with their portrait work.
The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery announced on Thursday that it will be the only Tasmanian gallery to host a leg of the Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize tour.
The tour celebrates the Archibald Prize reaching its centenary year in 2021 and QVMAG will be one of only eight regional galleries across the tour period to host the national exhibition.
Archie 100 will explore the prize's history and reveal stories behind the faces in the portraits.
The exhibit will show how society has changed, as well as how styles and approaches to portraiture have also changed, over the 100 years.
Creative arts and cultural services general manager Tracy Puklowski said QVMAG was proud to work with the Art Gallery of New South Wales to share the prize's history with the community.
"The Archibald Prize has long been Australia's favourite annual portrait prize, eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike," she said.
"We are thrilled to be the only Tasmanian venue to host Archie 100.
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"You will see an evolution from the much more traditional style portrait to ones that push the boundaries, different artistic styles, different mediums and so on."
Ms Puklowski said she expected the exhibition would be broad, with many different works on display that would appeal to a variety of people.
The exhibition will feature works from the collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as well as works from libraries, galleries, museums and private collections across Australia, New Zealand and international collections.
The Archibald Prize is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and awarded to the best portrait painting.
The prize has collected a lot of Australian culture over the years with politicians, celebrities, cultural icons, sporting heroes and artists all pictured.
"There are always images of well-known people as well so it says something about the culture we are living in," Ms Puklowski said.
She said the prize was a huge recognition of an artist's work if they were awarded it.
"We are so proud to have this exhibition."
Archie 100 be on display at the Queen Victoria Art Gallery at Royal Park from October 24, 2022, until January 8, 2023.
For more information on the exhibition visit www.qvmag.tas.gov.au.