Finalists in the Territory’s only portrait art award have been announced with 27 artists now in the running for the $10,500 prize pool.
The Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award encourages creative excellence by Territory artists and celebrates the significant contribution that senior Territorians make to our community.
Now in its 22nd year, the award draws great interest and participation from around the Territory and is a highlight for the Territory’s art sector.
There are four award categories including:
o First Prize – $7000 Acquisition Award
o Second Prize – $2000
o Third Prize – $500
o People’s Choice – $1000
The award winners, to be announced on 4 December 2020, will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges.
This year’s entries will be exhibited at the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs between 4 December 2020 and 7 March 2021. The exhibition will be available to view on the Araluen Arts Centre website after the event has opened.
Members of the public are encouraged to vote for their favourite works of art in person at the Araluen Arts Centre. The votes will determine the People’s Choice prize which will be announced on 12 March 2021.
Submissions for the 2020 Portrait of a Senior Territorian Award were received from locations including Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Arlparra and Wadeye. The subject matter includes family members, self-portraits and notable Territorians, including Northern Territory Chief Health Officer Hugh Heggie and sports broadcaster and anti-domestic violence campaigner Charlie King.
The 2020 Portrait of a Senior Territorian Award Finalists are:
o Peg Adamson – Self-portrait (Alice Springs)
o Dugald Beattie – Portrait of Mike Drogemuller (Alice Springs)
o Alessandro – Bellomunno – Portrait of Alessandro Ferro (Parap)
o Mandy Boots – Portrait of Norm Keegel (Millner)
o Peter Brady – Portrait of Les Bishop (Bakewell)
o Anne-Marie Cullinan – Portrait of Bilawara Lee (Nightcliff)
o Sivan Debeljakovic – Portrait of Kalikamurti Saraswati Suich (Araluen)
o Jose Deepu Kollannoor – Portrait of Jennifer Dowling (Leanyer)
o Marianne Foster – Portrait of Suzy Kruze (Moil)
o Robyn Francis Higgins – Portrait of John Scrutton (Rapid Creek)
o Felicity Gorman – Portrait of Angus McIvor (The Gap)
o Gudrun Groh – Portrait of Cecil Willis (Anula)
o Jack Edward Hooper – Portrait of Brian Blakeman (Alice Springs)
o Angus McIvor – Portrait of John Strehlow (Alice Springs)
o Jess McKenzie – Portrait of Hugh Heggie (Howard Springs)
o Catherine Miles – Portrait of Charlie King (Rapid Creek)
o Angelina Naidu – Portrait of anonymous subject
o Christine Ng – Portrait of Elaine Kngwarraye Peckham (Braitling)
o Jose Victor – Patalinghug – Portrait of Tess Ward (Wadeye)
o Natasha Perkins – Portrait of Elizabeth Richter-Cross (Gillen)
o Carol Randall – Portrait of Derek Pugh (Katherine)
o Henry Smith – Portrait of Veronica Dobson (Alice Springs)
o Al Strangways – Portrait of John Bermingham (Alice Springs)
o Karine Tremblay – Portrait of Jude Mapleson (Braitling)
o Lana Twyford – Portrait of Alison Dowell (Casuarina)
o Nina Young – Portrait of Mary Napangati (Eastside)
o Jacki Fleet – Portrait of Nicola Collins (Lake Bennett)
As stated by Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Chansey Paech:
“I look forward to viewing the submissions which have been sent in from all corners of the Territory.
“This is an exciting time of year for the arts sector as it celebrates some of the fantastic portraiture by Territory artists and of course the contribution of senior Territorians.
“Art is vital to enriching the human experience and I am proud to support local artists.
“The Territory Labor Government will continue to support our visual storytellers.”
As stated by Director Araluen Cultural Precinct, Felicity Green:
“We are thrilled to be once again presenting the Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award at the Araluen Arts Centre.
“The Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award, now in its 22nd year, is an important opportunity to celebrate senior Territorians and foster creativity and excellence by local artists.
“We are looking forward to sharing this year’s finalists when the exhibition opens in the Araluen Galleries later this year and encourage everyone to vote for the work that is their favourite.”