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Gallery launches youth portrait prize

Wednesday 9 September 2015

The Bega Valley Regional Gallery is involved in a mammoth information blitz to drum up interest in a brand new national prize.

Open to emerging artists, secondary and tertiary students, The Shirl will finish off the year for the Gallery.

“We are contacting every secondary school, TAFE and university in the country with details of The Shirl and, of course, local young people are particularly encouraged to enter,” Gallery curator Iain Dawson said.

“The Shirl is a portrait prize, generously supported by Peter Hannan and named in honour of his mother, renowned portraitist and arts patron, Shirley Hannan.

“The prize is $10,000 for the most outstanding portrait produced in the last 12 months by a person aged 16 to 25 years.

“Entrants are invited to create a portrait in any of the following two dimensional media: drawing, printing, painting, traditional or digital still photography and screen-based media such as film, video or animation,” Mr Dawson said.

“The Shirl is acquisitive and the winning work will become part of the BVRG contemporary collection.”

Entries in the competition close at 12pm on 2 November 2015 and the exhibition will run 18 December to 30 January 2016.

For more information and entry details go to Council’s website at


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