Bank Art Museum Moree calls for entries for 2018 Moree Portrait Prize

Last year's Grand Jury Prize winner was Canberra artist Brenda Runnegar for this portrait.

Last year's Grand Jury Prize winner was Canberra artist Brenda Runnegar for this portrait.

Bank Art Museum Moree (BAMM) is calling for entries to the upcoming Moree Portrait Prize.

After the success of the inaugural Moree Portrait Prize in 2017, BAMM is pleased to announce the competition will continue as part of their annual exhibition program.

BAMM director Vivien Clyne said she is looking forward to seeing what local artists produce for the second iteration of the prize.

“Last year we had over 90 entries to the competition and awarded artists $2000 worth of cash prizes across five categories, generously supported by Susan Humphries Counselling,” she said.

This year the prizes on offer are:

  • Under 12s $200
  • Under 18s $300
  • Local Prize $500
  • People’s Choice $500
  • Grand Prize $1000

The Moree Portrait Prize is open to all ages and artworks in all media.

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“We are so glad to be able to offer prizes for children and teens,” Ms Clyne said.

“The competition was well supported by local schools last year and we’d love to see even more entries from students in 2018.

“It’s a fantastic way to encourage young people to get creative.”

This year Moree Plains Shire Council has made a donation toward the competition which will support a new prize category for local artists.

“At the end of July, BAMM ran a weekend of workshops for local artists to work on their portrait skills and learn from one of our 2017 prize winners, Carolyn McCosker,” Ms Clyne said.

“I can’t wait to see the artists’ final works in the exhibition.”

Another prize winner, Brenda Runnegar, will act as judge for the 2018 competition.

“Brenda is coming up from Canberra to judge the exhibition,” Ms Clyne said.

“She was awarded the Grand Prize last year for her self-portrait.

“The work was beautifully painted and I think a little humorous, with her cat peering out of the work with wide eyes. I’m interested to see how Brenda’s expertise as an artist impacts the judging.”

This year the People’s Choice Prize is sponsored by Rhodes Kildea Lawyers and will run throughout the exhibition.

“The show will run for over a month so people have plenty of time to vote for their favourite artwork,” Ms Clyne said. 

“Last year we had over 250 people vote for the People’s Choice Prize, which was won by local artist Amy Canfield.”

Entries to the Moree Portrait Prize are now open. For an entry form please contact BAMM on (02) 6757 3323, or email info@bamm.org.au.

The exhibition will run from November 23 to December 24.