BLACKTOWN is home to the best entries from two of Australia’s richest art prizes until April 18. The 2014 Moran Prizes Exhibition recently opened at Blacktown Arts Centre, the first time the exhibition has been displayed in western Sydney.
BLACKTOWN has been selected as the stage for one of Blacktown’s finest art exhibitions.
The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize exhibition will be on display at the Blacktown Arts Centre until Saturday, April 18. The prestigious art prize previously featured at the Juniper Hall in Paddington and made its first venture to Western Sydney on February 26. Doug Moran Prize judge Edmund Capon encouraged locals to visit the Blacktown Arts Centre and have an opinion about the artwork.
The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize is on exhibition at Blacktown Arts Centre from Thursday, February 26 until Wednesday, March 18.
The exhibition has encouraged excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture for
the past 26 years. The display also includes selected works from the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, which interprets contemporary life in Australia with an emphasis on day to day life. It’s open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.
■ Details: Blacktown Art Centre, 78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown. No bookings are necessary and
IT was third time lucky for Melbourne painter Louise Hearman who has taken out the nation’s richest portraiture competition, the $150,000 Moran Prize.
Hearman’s moody diptych of her sometime partner and longtime friend, photographer Bill Henson, was today judged the best of 30 finalists from the unofficial runner-up, Nicholas Harding’s portrait of actor Richard Roxburgh.
Clutching her winners’ cheque Hearman said “I’m living proof money does buy happiness.”
FEW art prizes run such a wide gamut of subjects, photographers and styles as the Moran Photographic Prize.
Unlike its older sibling — the Moran Portrait Prize, which has run since 1988 — the Photographic Prize has no restrictions on subject, apart from the requirement that the photograph was taken in Australia.