Moree Portrait Prize deadline extended until November 16

JUDGE: Canberra artist Brenda Runnegar, who was the grand jury winner of the 2017 Moree Portrait Prize, has come on board as this year's judge.

JUDGE: Canberra artist Brenda Runnegar, who was the grand jury winner of the 2017 Moree Portrait Prize, has come on board as this year's judge.

Artists thinking about entering the 2018 Moree Portrait Prize will now have another additional week to submit their works, with the deadline now extended until 5pm Friday, November 16.

The Moree Portrait Prize is open to all ages and artworks in all media, with some great prizes sponsored by local businesses on offer.

Moree Plains Shire Council is sponsoring the $200 under 12s prize and the $300 under 18s prize. Irri-Tek is sponsoring the $500 local prize and Rhodes Kildea Lawyers are sponsoring the $500 people’s choice prize, while Binneguy Station is sponsoring the $1,000 grand prize.

“I’m really excited to see local businesses supporting the arts and encouraging creativity within their community,” Bank Art Museum Moree (BAMM) director Vivien Clyne said.

“We are grateful to all our sponsors who are stepping up to sponsor BAMM even at this time of drought. It shows the depth of community spirit and pride in our region.”

This year’s judge will be 2017 grand prize winner Brenda Runnegar from Canberra.

Runnegar graduated from Canberra School of Art in 1985, and in 2007 completed a Master of Fine Arts by Research from Monash University.

She has exhibited regularly in Canberra and nationally, and has been included in various high-profile group exhibitions.

Runnegar is currently a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award for Portraiture exhibition at S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney.

She has also been a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize in both 2018 and in 2017.

Last year she won the Moree Plains Gallery Grand Jury Prize for portraiture. Runnegar’s work is included in various private collections, Australia-wide and internationally.

Entries to the Moree Portrait Prize close at 5pm on Friday, November 16.

Ms Clyne encourages everyone to get their entries in as soon as possible for a chance at winning some fantastic prize money.

For an entry form please contact Bank Art Museum Moree on (02) 6757 3323, or email vclyne@bamm.org.au.

The exhibition will run from November 23 to December 24.