Entry dates have also been extended: works created between April 3, 2019, and August 14 are now eligible for the Archibald and Wynne prize, and those made between April 2, 2018, and August 14 can be submitted for the Sulman Prize.
The Archibald Prize was first awarded in 1921 and will celebrate its 100th birthday next year. The 2019 prize was won by Tony Costa with his portrait of artist Lindy Lee. This year’s winners will be announced on September 25.
The resumption of the prize will be welcome news for artists as art awards and exhibitions around the world have been cancelled including Australia’s richest, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
As well as the popular exhibition, the AGNSW will seek to fill the hole left by its waylaid Matisse exhibition with a major display of works by Australian painter Arthur Streeton. Streeton will open on November 7 and will feature more than 150 works, including some that have not been on show for more than a century.
“We’re extremely excited to delve into the life and work of one of our most influential Australian painters, Arthur Streeton, who defined a unique image of this country,” gallery director Michael Brand said.
The gallery’s revised exhibition program also includes a solo exhibition of major works by Khaled Sabsabi (July), Real Worlds: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial (October), Indigenous art exhibition Joy (October) and Australian artist Part Larter’s first solo exhibition in a public art museum (November).