Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Awards 2022

See all 52 Archibald Prize finalists – including the Packing Room Prize-winning portrait of Kiwi director Taika Waititi – plus landscapes and genre work from some of the country’s best and emerging artists.

The finalists for the 2022 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Awards have been announced – and will soon be on display at the Art Gallery of NSW.

This year the Archibald (awarded for portraits of people involved in art, literature, science or politics), Wynne (landscape) and Sulman (best subject painting, genre painting or mural project) received the highest number of entries ever from Aboriginal artists, and a 50/50 gender equality. The vast majority of entries came from NSW.

Notable public figures who sat for Archibald finalists this year include artist Patricia Piccinini, Western Sydney drill group Onefour, Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett, actor Lisa McCune, artist Karla Dickens, author Helen Garner, host Yumi Stynes, journalist Laura Tingle, drag performer Courtney Act, Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott and writer and broadcaster Benjamin Law (well, his ass). Artists whose works have made the cut include Daniel Boyd, Yvette Coppersmith, Anh Do, Blak Douglas, Solomon Kammer, Vincent Namatjira, Wendy Sharpe and Emily Crockford.

The Packing Room Prize – awarded by the team that unpacks the Archibald entries as soon as they come in – was won by Claus Stangl, for his 3D-like portrait of filmmaker and actor Taika Waititi. It is Stangl’s second time as an Archibald finalist and fourth time in the competition.

The winners of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman awards – and $100,000, $50,000 and $40,000 respectively – will be announced on Friday, May 13.

After the exhibition at the AGNSW ends, it will travel to Melbourne, the Blue Mountains, Grafton, Wagga Wagga, Lake Macquarie and Dubbo.

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