Peggy Popart and her portrait by local Artist Ian Pearson and Ian Pearson with his portrait by Artist Cindy Vallet at The Lismore Regional Gallery for the upcoming 2013 Northern Rivers Portrait Prize.
Peggy Popart and her portrait by local Artist Ian Pearson and Ian Pearson with his portrait by Artist Cindy Vallet at The Lismore Regional Gallery for the upcoming 2013 Northern Rivers Portrait Prize. Patrick Gorbunovs

58 artists to unveil work for Portrait Prize opening

IN SOME art circles Portrait Prizes are considered passe.

But 2013 Lismore Portrait prize subject Claudie Frock, (or Peggy Pop Art when in character) says there will always be a place for the polarizing prize.

"People will always just love to see faces. You don't have to have a whole lot of context and people just love seeing people they know," said Ms Frock.

Her portrait, painted by local artist Ian Pearson, is among 58 finalists to be unveiled for the opening on Saturday night.

"Each year the prize seems to grow and the entries get stronger. This is the fourth year the prize has been running and I think it's going to be better than ever. I'm thrilled," gallery director Brett Adlington said.

The winner of the portrait prize will walk away with $10,000, the winner of the Armsign Award with $1500, and the winner of the People's Choice Award with $500.

The night is expected to be a tight squeeze that will highlight the limited space and ventilation of the current gallery space, said Mr Adlington. The winners will be announced by this year's judge, Philip Bacon from Philip Bacon Galleries at the opening.



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