MPRG to host Australia's biggest art prize

Published on 22 September 2022


The Art Gallery of New South Wales has announced the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG) as the exclusive Victorian venue for the Archibald Prize tour in 2023. The exhibition will run from 15 September to 5 November 2023.

The Archibald Prize for portrait painting is the country’s favourite and most significant art award. Judged by trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW, the prize is awarded to the best portrait painting. Since 1921, it has highlighted figures from all walks of life, from famous faces to local heroes, reflecting back to us the stories of our times.

MPRG last hosted the Archibald in 2013 and 2014.
The 2022 Tour is currently on display at Bunjil Place in the City of Casey.

Quotes attributable to Mayor, Cr Anthony Marsh
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the Mornington Peninsula community and the MPRG.

The Archibald prize is Australia’s most famous art award and always seems to attract large crowds and its fair share of controversy.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing the exhibition right here on the Peninsula next year."

Quotes attributable to Gallery Director, Danny Lacy
“The Archibald Prize exhibitions at the galley in 2013 and 2014 were hugely popular and we’re expecting the same amazing community response in 2023.

It’s an exciting time for us at the gallery.”

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