Moree Plains Gallery 2017 Moree Portrait Prize entry deadline extended to December 1

WORK IN PROGRESS: David 'Crockett' Craigie and Wayne Dargin watch on as Dennis Peterson plans out his entry.
WORK IN PROGRESS: David 'Crockett' Craigie and Wayne Dargin watch on as Dennis Peterson plans out his entry.

Moree Plains Gallery has chosen to extend the deadline for entry submission for the 2017 Moree Portrait Prize, to allow people more time to work on their entries.

The deadline was Friday, November 24 but this has now been extended to Friday, November 1.

A number of local artists and people within the Moree community are starting to plan their entries for the 2017 prize, which has significant cash prizes up for grabs. 

Local Aboriginal artist Cindy Duncan will be entering an oil on canvas portrait of her late mother, Coral Duncan.

SENTIMENTAL PORTRAIT: Cindy Duncan works on her entry for the Portrait Prize, which is of her late mother Coral Duncan.

SENTIMENTAL PORTRAIT: Cindy Duncan works on her entry for the Portrait Prize, which is of her late mother Coral Duncan.

“I’ve got a coloured photo of mum sitting in the backyard, but I want to do the portrait in black and white,” she said.

“Mum passed away in 2000. Her birthday is on December 22, the last day of the Portrait Prize. When I finish, I want to give it to my dad as a Christmas present.”

Another Aboriginal artist, Dennis Peterson, is planning on creating a portrait of his son to enter into the competition.

“I want to enter for the prize money and to be recognised in the art community,” he said.

Dennis will be creating an acrylic on canvas piece which will be a mix of realism and abstract.

The Moree Portrait Prize is open to people of all ages and working in all artistic mediums. 

Moree Plains Gallery director Vivien Clyne encourages artists, students and community members to think outside the box when planning their entries.

“Portraits can be made in a range of media from sculpture and collage to painting and drawing,” she said.

“Photography is also a fantastic way to enter a prize like this. Taking selfies is so common these days but you might not think of them as self-portraits that could be artworks in their own right.”

As well as self-portraits, Gallery staff are keen to see a range of faces represented in the prize. 

“There is no requirement that the portraits entered must be of local people,” Ms Clyne said. 

“We’d love to see artists representing celebrities or politicians as well as their own family and friends.”

Cash prizes will be on offer for a selection of categories including $200 for under 12s, $300 for under 18s, $500 for adults, $500 for people’s choice and a grand jury prize of $1,000.

Entries close on Friday, December 1.

The exhibition will open on Friday, December 8 and run until Friday, December 22.

Contact Gallery staff for more information and for an entry form on (02) 6757 3320 or email moreeplainsgallery@bigpond.com.