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Shirley Hannan Award judge announced

Wednesday 17 February 2016

Dr Christopher Chapman, the senior curator of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, has been selected as the judge of the 2016 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award in the Bega Valley Regional Gallery on Friday, 17 June.

The Shirley Hannan is well established as one of Australia’s best loved and richest portrait prizes with a first prize of $50,000.

It is sponsored by the Shirley Hannan Trust and is a celebration of realistic portraiture and attracts both established and emerging painters from across Australia.

Dr Chapman is Senior Curator at the National Portrait Gallery where he has produced major exhibitions exploring diverse experiences of selfhood and identity.

He joined the Gallery in 2008 and was promoted to Senior Curator in 2011.

Working in the visual arts field since the late 1980s, Dr Chapman has held curatorial roles at the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia.

He has lectured in visual arts and culture for the Australian National University and his PhD thesis examined youth masculinity and themes of self-sacrifice in photography and film.

Entries for the Shirley Hannan are open now and close on Friday, 6 May, at midnight. For more information and the entry portal go to

Finalists will be chosen by a selection panel of independent art professionals and the prize patron, Peter Hannan, son of the late Shirley Hannan.

The 10th Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award exhibition will run from 17 June to 20 August.

The Bega Valley Regional Gallery is located in Zingel Place (opposite Littleton Gardens), Bega, NSW.

Phone 02 6499 2187 or check our website at Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturday from  9am to noon and entry is always free.


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