Paul deGrey Bashford’s portrait of Rosemary Bashford entitled That Lady with the Hair.
Paul deGrey Bashford’s portrait of Rosemary Bashford entitled That Lady with the Hair.

Fierce competition for portrait prize

Two weeks out from the deadline for the Northern Rivers Portrait Prize, the Lismore Regional Gallery had not received one entry.

Organisers were understandably a little concerned that perhaps the return of an annual portrait prize for the city had not created the hoped for buzz amongst the artistic community. Was it going to be a flop? Had the concept been misguided?

But it seems the exact opposite was true.

By the time the entry deadline had arrived, more than 130 local artists had submitted works for the prize, the judges completely taken aback by the quality and depth of the art that had been created.

The three judges then had the unenviable task of choosing the 54 finalists – a job they agonised over due to the incredibly high standard of work.

Now, the 54 finalists have been chosen and the works hung in preparation for the grand opening night next Friday when the entire community is invited to come and see who our region’s talented artists have chosen to immortalise.

Now, only one question remains: who will take home the $7,500 first prize?

The launch of the Northern Rivers Portrait Prize is next Friday, April 23, at the gallery. Judge Michael Zavros will announce the $7,500 acquisitive first prize and the $1000 Andrew and Jeni Binns Emerging Artist Award. The winning work will become part of the Lismore Regional Gallery’s permanent collection. Doors open at 5.30pm.


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