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Rachel Coad Waldemar Kolbusz

 

Curator Dunja Rmandic

 

  BLACK SWAN PRIZE FOR PORTRAITURE

  8 - 31 October 2016 | FREE

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  COORDINATING CURATOR DUNJA RMANDIC,

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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

MarkTweedie Ken Bindle Tom Macbeth Syd Kirkby Kate Kurucz Dad and Clams Daniel Smith Thinking of you, Shakespeare

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.

 

BLACK SWAN PRIZE FOR PORTRAITURE EVENTS

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
Bookings recommended
Various dates in October, hosted by Arthouse Dine


Join artists for a series of live portraiture demonstrations will be undertaken by Black Swan Prize finalists as part of our 10th year anniversary celebrations.


10am-1pm, Sunday 9 October

with Craig Soulsby
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2-3pm, Thursday 13 October

with Irene Crusca

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11am-12pm, Sunday 16 October

with Filippa Buttitta
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Inaugural Artist Conference | FREE
9.30am-1pm, Saturday 22 October includes morning tea

Bookings essential


Artists and art lovers alike are invited to partake in a series of free professional development seminars that aim to inspire, enlighten and clarify aspects of the complex art world. Learn how to approach the media, communicate with your audience successfully and to promote your work. Ask those tricky questions you have always wanted to ask the judges, gain an insight into what Judges and pre-selection panels look for when choosing works for competitions, and learn about the huge range of opportunities and art prizes that are on offer locally, nationally & internationally.


book your place

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.

 

Blog

Black Swan Prize for Portraiture 10th Anniversary: from Humble Beginnings to Influential Australian Prize

READ IT HERE

 

 

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Presented in partnership with ARTrinsic Inc.



Rachel Coad
Indian summer 2016
oil on linen
185 x 135 cm
Courtesy of the artist

Mark Tweedie
It wasn't supposed to be like this 2016
oil on canvas
152 x 107 cm
Courtesy of the artist

Tom Macbeth
The trailblazer 2016
oil on Belgian linen
120 x 90 cm
Courtesy of the artist

Kate Kurucz
Dad and clams 2016
oil on board
45 x 35 cm
Courtesy of the artist


Daniel Smith
Thinking of you, Shakespeare 2016
acrylic on board
36 x 30 cm
Courtesy of the artist



 


 

 


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