Unsung (Wayne Whitney) by Chris Hazel
Unsung (Wayne Whitney) by Chris Hazel

Head and shoulders above...

The inaugural Northern Rivers Portrait Prize generated a phenomenal response from both artists and audiences. More than 130 entries were received and judges had the unenviable task of selecting just 54 to be exhibited at the Lismore Regional Gallery.

Artists were given the brief of creating a portrait in any medium of a person who lives, or has lived in the Northern Rivers and made a contribution to the region in some way. Many of the faces will be familiar to regular Echo readers, but others are unsung heroes working away in their community, or have been selected because they have inspired the artists.

On opening night hundreds of people patiently queued for a chance to see the works and to find out who had taken out the $7500 first prize. That honour went to Cassandra Rijs for the portrait of her boyfriend Dean Greguric titled You Look So Beautiful When You’re Sleeping. But the People’s Choice is still to be decided, with the winner taking home $500. The exhibition runs until May 29. So get along and vote.


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