The New Darling Portrait Prize

The National Portrait Gallery (NGA) has announced the establishment of a new national portrait painting prize; the Darling Portrait Prize.

Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery, Dr Helen Nugent AO, says, ‘The Prize will recognise the significance and relevance of portraiture in Australia and will be an ongoing legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), one of the Portrait Gallery’s Founding Patrons… As we enter our twentieth year, we look ahead to the future of the organisation and how we can further the vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling’.

Established with the generosity of the NGA’s Founding Patron, Gordon Darling, the Darling Portrait Prize will be held annually with a cash prize of $75,000. Artists may paint any Australian citizen or resident and/or a person or persons who have a strong association with Australia or who has made a significant contribution to Australian life.

For the inaugural iteration, artists must complete their paintings on or after 1 September 2018 in preparation for the call for entries period, which opens from May to July 2019. The exhibition of finalists will be exhibited at the NGA from 28 September to 17 November 2019.

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