SECCA welcomes entries for Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award

Cameron Richards, Miss Priya Premkumar, 2020 award winner. Courtesy the artist

27 May 2024

SECCA (South East Centre for Contemporary Art) invites artists from across Australia to submit entries to the 2024 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award.

Shirley Hannan was a gifted Bega Valley portraitist and a generous patron of the arts.

Acting Gallery Director, Jas Brown said the ongoing generosity of the award patron’s son, Peter Hannan has enabled the Shirley Hannan Trust to again offer $50,000 in prize money.

“A prerequisite for the award is that those works selected to hang depict their subjects accurately without abstraction and demonstrate a sound skill and knowledge of drawing and painting technique,” Ms Brown said.

“The award remains one of Australia’s most loved prizes for realistic portraiture and continues to draw interest in the enduring role and relevance of portraiture painting in contemporary art.

“It’s the highlight of our gallery program and we are constantly impressed with the high quality and volume of entries received from across the nation from respected artists and emerging names.

“The finalists will be chosen by a guest judge of esteemed note in the arts, which we will announce later in the year.”

Entries opened today (27 May) and close on 30 September.

All entries are to be submitted via online channels only. Please visit the SECCA website for further information and to enter.

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