In an exciting new initiative for 2016, AGWA introduces Portrait Month where we explore the many forms of portraiture across photography, painting, video and sculpture.
Taking centre focus is the State’s premier portraiture prize, the 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, presented for the first time at the State Art Gallery.
40 finalists, 13 West Australian artists, are represented in the 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture. From across the country there are 8 finalists from NSW, 5 from SA, 10 from VIC, 2 from QLD & 2 from TAS.
Rachel Coad, a West Australian professional artist from South Fremantle, has won the prestigious $50,000 Lester Group Prize as part of the 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, WA’s only portrait prize, with her portrait of artist Waldemar Kolbusz titled Indian Summer.
In an exciting new initiative – the first of its kind in Australian portrait prizes – the finalists’ also voted for their favourite artwork in the $10,000 Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize. The winner, as chosen by their peers, was Mark Tweedie from Mt Lawley WA with his portrait of a close family friend Ken Bindle titled It wasn’t supposed to be like this.
Two artists were Highly Commended and received $500 art gift vouchers from HU Kendall & Co Art Supplies. They were Daniel Smith from Rockingham WA with his portrait of Ben Elton titled Thinking of you, Shakespeare and Kate Kurucz from Kensington Gardens SA for her portrait of her father titled Dad and Clams
A portrait of Syd Kirkby MBE, an Australian surveyor and Antarctic explorer, by Queensland artist Tom Macbeth has won the 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture Amana Living People’s Choice Award. Tom is awarded $7,500 for his prize.
The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture is celebrating its tenth Anniversary in 2016.
To view the full list of finalists, visit blackswanprize.com.au
About the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture
Established in 2007 by ARTrinsic Inc, the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture is the third richest prize in Australia behind the Archibald and Moran competitions.
This year's selected finalists are in the running for $70,000 worth of prizes - including the main $50,000 Lester Group Prize, $10,000 Toni Fini Foundation Artist Prize, the $7,500 Amana Living People’s Choice Prize and two Highly Commended $500 gift vouchers from HU Kendall & Co.
The Lester Group Prize, and the Artist Prize will be announced on 14 October, 2016, along with HU Kendall & Co's Highly Commended. The Amana Living People’s Choice Prize will be announced towards the close of the exhibition.
44 youth entries were also chosen from 39 schools, and these works will be on display both at Brookfield Place and Perth Cultural Centre in October 2016.
Presented by the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture
Artist Talks | FREE
Various times, Thursday 13, Friday 14 & Saturday 15 October
Live Portrait Painting Demonstrations | FREE
2-3pm, Thursday 13 October
with Irene Crusca
11am-12pm, Sunday 16 October
Inaugural Artist Conference | FREE
To view the complete list of workshops, events and activities you can take part in, visit blackswanprize.com.au. Bookings are essential as places are limited.
Black Swan Prize for Portraiture 10th Anniversary: from Humble Beginnings to Influential Australian Prize
Presented in partnership with ARTrinsic Inc.