Tweed Regional Gallery announces Fancy Dress Party for 22nd Les Peterkin Prize

The annual Les Peterkin Portrait Prize, on show at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre from Friday 28 September until Sunday 2 December 2018, is a huge celebration of the artistic talent of local primary school students. The Prize is one of the Gallery's most popular exhibitions, and has once again attracted an enormous number of entries and participating schools.

Working on the theme Going to a Fancy Dress Party, primary school students sketched, collaged, photographed and painted images that capture their unique character in costume through portraiture. This year's theme was set for students to create a portrait that captured themselves in fancy dress. Students were encouraged to explore the pose, costume and facial expressions of their character.

  Tahmina Barikzai,   The day my tooth fell out,  Byron Community Primary School First Prize (5–7 years), Les Peterkin Portrait Prize, 2017

Tahmina Barikzai, The day my tooth fell out, Byron Community Primary School
First Prize (5–7 years), Les Peterkin Portrait Prize, 2017

The judges in 2018 were local artist Caz McDougall; Tweed Regional Gallery's Curator Sarah McGhee, representatives from the Friends of the Gallery Malcolm Reid and Penny Hall; and art loving mums, Dale Garrow and Yaiwa Goodwin. The judges were all amazed with the creativity and effort of every child who entered the competition.

Prize Coordinator, Marianne Galluzzo, said that this year submissions were a true indication that art in our schools is alive and well, displaying great imagination both in subject matter and in the use of materials. 

"Every year I look forward to the judging day, to see everyone's responses to the theme. This year our students certainly demonstrated a candid and tremendously talented attempt to produce their works of art," Ms Galluzzo said.

The Prize is named after legendary local artist and art teacher Les Peterkin, and is made possible by the financial support of Tweed Shire Council and Tyalgum Public School, with assistance from the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Arts Centre Inc., Derivan - maker of quality artist materials, School Art Supplies - leading supplier of art and craft materials, Bunnings at Tweed Heads South, Murwillumbah Services Club and Office Max. 

On Thursday 27 September at 3.30pm, the Gallery will host the official opening and prize-giving ceremonies, which promises to be one of the biggest events of the year. Children, family and friends are invited to come dressed up in costume. At 4.30pm the exhibition will be officially opened by the Principal of Tyalgum Public School, Janelle Cloherty, followed by the keenly anticipated announcement of winners and prize-giving presented by Marianne Galluzzo, Prize Coordinator; Alan Hann, President of the Friends of the Gallery and the Prize's namesake himself - Les Peterkin.