With a history spanning 101 years, the Archibald prize represents one of the most prestigious awards in the Australian art world.

On Friday, May 13th, Blak Douglas’ portrait of Karla Dickens — ‘Moby Dickens’ — was announced as the winner of the 2022 competition, making history as the first winning portrait to feature an Indigenous woman as a subject, and only the second to be painted by an Indigenous artist.



Image: Winner Archibald Prize 2022 , Blak Douglas Moby Dickens , synthetic polymer paint on linen, 300 x 200 cm © the artist, image © AGNSW, Mim Stirling

Produced By: Matthew van Wyk

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First aired on The Wire, Monday 16 May 2022