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The Shirl finalists selected

Thursday 12 November 2015

Finalists in the inaugural National Youth Portrait Prize, The Shirl, have been selected and will go on exhibition in the Bega Valley Regional Gallery from 18 December.

The selection panel for the finalists, The Shirl benefactor Peter Hannan, gallerist Carolyn Killen, Archibald Prize 2015 finalist Kerry Mcinnis and local painter Dirk Rampling, were pleased at the high quality and strong numbers of entries received from across the country.

Gallery Curator, Iain Dawson, said he was pleased at the response to the inaugural prize and thrilled that the work was of such a high standard.

“This ‘little sister’ event to our showcase award, The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, is off to an incredible start and we look forward to the exhibition and announcement of the winner in December,” he said.

He was also pleased that a number of local young artists were included in the finalists list.

The 25 final portraits will be judged by young artist Abdul Abdullah with the winner announced on 18 December in the Gallery and the exhibition will run until 20 January 2016.

Mr Dawson said Abdullah, who lives and works in Sydney, is a major force in Australian art circles, with his work currently featured as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s, Primavera exhibition artists aged 35 years and under.

“We felt Abdul was such an appropriate choice to be our inaugural judge, particularly as he is a Primavera artist this year,” he said.

To see the images of the final works go to


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