Gallery 'fully hung' with Prize
FAMILIAR faces looked out from their frames while less-well-known figures watched on as the much-anticipated Lismore Portrait Prize exhibition was being hung at the Lismore Regional Art Gallery yesterday.
The exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday morning, with the announcement of the winners at 3pm.
"That's 3pm sharp!" said gallery director Brett Adlington.
"The judge is Archibald prize-winning artist Del Kathryn Barton and she has to get on a plane."
This year's exhibition is "fully hung", according to Mr Adlington - meaning it leaves little space on the gallery's walls.
There were 130 entries this year, of which 56 were selected as finalists. Many that missed out were on exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in Lismore, opening on Friday night.
The prize for the winning port- rait is $10,000 and there's an Armsign award for an emerging artist as well as a People's Prize, judged by members of the public on Saturday, of $500.
"There are a few more entries by national artists this year," Mr Adlington told The Northern Star.
"Each year seems to bring a different feel to the exhibition. There are many paintings in this one where it's clear the subject is known personally by the artist; there's some very sympathetic work."
This is the third year Lismore has held the Portrait Prize.
As in previous years there are portraits of well-known Northern Rivers people such as Mike Malloy of Bangalow, painted by Hilary Herrmann; S Sorrensen from the Northern Rivers Echo (Will The Real S Please Stand Up by Judith Shannon), and NORPA playwright Janis Balodus painted by Ian Smith.
"It comes across more as a paintings exhibition than just portraiture," Mr Adlington said.
"Artists have given their subjects more context."