Portrait prize opens

WINNER: Vlad Kolas with his self portrait Other side of Midnight, which won the 2012 Northern Rivers Portrait Prize.
WINNER: Vlad Kolas with his self portrait Other side of Midnight, which won the 2012 Northern Rivers Portrait Prize.

IT'S time to stretch your canvases and limber up your paintbrushes because entries for the 2013 Northern Rivers Portrait Prize are open.

For the fourth year in a row, the Lismore Regional Gallery is calling for artists to create a portrait of someone from the Northern Rivers, past or present, who they believe to be of value to their lives or to the community.

"Artists are encouraged to cast their nets widely as they choose subjects and consider the wealth of talent that exists in this region," Lismore Regional Gallery director Brett Adlington said.

"We have been home to a wide variety of identities: musicians, writers, actors, artists, sportspeople, television personalities and many other fascinating people, who make up this intriguing area. The subject of the painting doesn't have to be a well known person. It might be someone who is doing community work and is not well recognised and it's a lovely way to acknowledge the contribution they make."

The winner of the acquisitive prize will receive $10,000 and the portrait will be taken into the Lismore Regional Gallery's permanent collection.

In 2013, the prize will be judged by Philip Bacon of Philip Bacon Galleries. As part of the prize, other awards include the $1500 non-acquisitive Armsign Award winner, which recognises and encourages outstanding artistic talent for artists under 30 years of age. There will also be a public vote for a $500 non- acquisitive People's Choice winner.

"It's always interesting to see who the people's choice will be," Brett said.

"People often get hot under the collar and disagree with the judge about their choice."

Last year, more than 6000 people visited the Portrait Prize exhibition. Brett said it was the exhibition's highest-ever attendance.

To enter, visit for details.

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