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The Lester Prize

Updated: Jun 11

The portrait of Eric, which I called 'Jack of all Trades', was selected as a finalist in the Lester Prize for Portraiture. Apologies to those amongst you who are tired of me oversharing this on Social Media. I'm recovering now.

Celebrations and soirees started on Friday with the artists lunch - great to meet other WA finalists. Then we were whisked off for a quick tour of the exhibition at the Art Gallery of WA where we had to vote for our favourite works. This is probably a device to make us suffer as much as the judges did. I narrowed my shortlist of 15 to 9 then down to 3 - that was a struggle.

Home to change, then back to the gallery for the opening. It was a great night - lovely crowd, great wine and splendid art . My work is the smallest in the smallest in the show - so take your reading glasses.

Congratulations to Serena Cowie from Victoria, who took out the major prize and made a great speech by video link ( Victoria is still in lockdown).

The Exhibition is on at the gallery until the 29th of November, then tours St John of God Hospital the Collie Art Gallery and Geraldton regional gallery

. If you don't make it to the gallery, then you can go to the website for a look. You can also vote for your favourite work.

AND there are also workshops you can sign up for - here's a link to a workshop I'm running on Saturday the 14th of November.

If you are a glutton for more information you can listen to the artists' podcasts - search for The Lester Prize on your favourite podcast app including spotify.


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