Art analysis: What makes an Archibald Prize winner?

Art analysis: What makes an Archibald Prize winner?

Organisation: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Australia)

Publication Date: 04/09/2015



News data app of the year (small newsroom, large newsroom). The Archibald Prize is widely regarded as Australia's most important prize for portraiture. It attracts broad public interest and has a rich and controversial history. The ABC News Digital Storytelling team took a data-driven look at the history of Archibald winners while also touching on controversial aspects of that history, notably the gender and ethnic homogeneity of subjects and artists. 'What makes an Archibald winner?' uses detailed data analysis to examine the characteristics of previous Archibald winners and takes a look at how the 2014 finalists compare to the past. The interactive takes the reader on a journey through the history and trends of winning portraits while building a ranking of 2014 finalists based on their similarity to previous winners.
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