Finalists selected for Portrait Prize at Lismore Regional Gallery

69 portraits have been painstakingly selected from 211 strong entries for the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize. These 69 will be included in the exhibition of finalists at Lismore Regional Gallery from 28 July – 23 September 2018. The announcement of the winner will be by this year’s judge, Dr Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery NSW, on Saturday 28 July at 12 midday.

Robert Malherbe ,  Nina looking up   2018, oil on board, 46 x 38cm, image courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney

Robert Malherbe, Nina looking up 2018, oil on board, 46 x 38cm, image courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney

According to Kezia Geddes, curator, Lismore Regional Gallery, “Portraiture is Australia’s favourite genera of art. Big art prizes like The Archibald, The Doug Moran and The Portia Geach Memorial are testament to our love of the portrait. People are ultimately programmed to understand the human face and its many expressions. It is therefore not surprising that we are so readily enchanted by the ability of artists to render subtle nuances of a person and to capture something - whether this be a likeness or an aspect of someone’s persona.”

The Hurford Hardwood Prize started in response to a public call for a portraiture prize in the region. Now in its 8th year the prize was originally called The Northern Rivers Portrait Prize, and it was a painting and drawing prize open to artists whose artwork depicted a person from the Northern Rivers. It has since expanded to include portraits of any subject in any medium and is open to artists Australia wide. The finalist works reflect this expansion and include paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, and video portraits. Subjects are equally diverse and include local identities such as, Michael Balderstone, Dailan Pugh OAM and Ric Richardson, celebrities like Reg Mombassa, and more personal portraits of artists’ family members and quite a few self-portraits.

Gallery staff were so impressed by the standard of entries that the Permanent Collection Gallery (usually dedicated to exhibiting the permanent collection) was made available for the exhibition.

According to Brett Adlington, Director Lismore Regional Gallery, “The winner will receive $10,000 and the work will become part of Lismore Regional Gallery’s art collection. The prize money has been provided by local business, Hurford Hardwood. The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize is one of our most popular exhibitions and we are very grateful to Hurfords for their generosity and support which makes the exhibition possible.”

“Hurfords are proud to have been involved in the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize since 2012. It is magnificent to see the growth of its popularity now attracting entries from every state & territory  across Australia as well as plenty of local entries. We look forward to a very diverse & stimulating exhibition." say sponsors, Gaela and Andrew Hurford.

Todd Fuller ,  Billy's Swan   2017, video still, chalk and charcoal animation and video, 5:37 mins, courtesy the artist and MAY SPACE, Sydney

Todd Fuller, Billy's Swan  2017, video still, chalk and charcoal animation and video, 5:37 mins, courtesy the artist and MAY SPACE, Sydney

Adlington says, “Lismore Regional Gallery has also provided a $1000 People’s Choice Award which will be awarded to the artist with the highest number of public votes”. Prizes are controversial by nature, after all.  

2018 Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize finalists
Abbey McCulloch, Amanda Bromfield, Amanda Penrose Hart, Andre Bowen, Anne-Marie Zanetti, Ashley Frost, Caroline Zilinsky, Chelsea Gustafsson, Chris Hazell, Clara Adolphs, Clare Thackway, Corinna Berndt, David Wells, Dr Darien Midwinter, Fleur Diamond, Geoff Harvey, Georgi Milln, Guy Morgan, Hilary Herrmann and James Guppy, Ian Roberts, Ildiko Hammond, Jacklyn Wagner, James Bowles-Leeson, James J De Weaver, Jane Theau, Jenny Johns, John Smith and Nikky-Morgan Smith, Karen Preston, Kendal Gear, Kenneth Craig Lambert, KHR Stewart, Kylie Foley, Lisa Axiotis, Liz Stute, Lucas Wright, Lucila Zentner, Lynden Stone, Marc Stapelberg, Marian Drew, Martin Claydon, Martin Edge, Matilda Michell, Matthew O'Brien, Maya Veit, Meg K Nielsen, Michael Simms, Nic Mason, Nicholas Ferguson, Nicole Kelly, Nicole Monks, Raimond de Weerdt, Raj Panda, Rene Bolten, Rikki Fisher, Robert Malherbe, Ryan Mugan, Sachin Moncrieff, Samuel Condon, Stephen Nothling, Steven Giese, Symone Male, Thomas Readett, Todd Fuller, Tony Kearney, Tony Leitch, Trinity Leonard, Vanessa White, Virginia Hodgkinson, Zom Osborne
Saturday 28 July, 12:00 midday
Official opening and winner announcement by Dr Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery NSW

Sydney artist Amanda Penrose Hart wins 2017 Gallipoli Art Prize

Sydney based artist Amanda Penrose Hart has won the $20,000 acquisitive 2017 Gallipoli Art Prize with her painting The Sphinx, Perpetual Peace (below) depicting the towering rocky outcrop at Gallipoli that the Anzacs called The Sphinx. Penrose Hart's winning work along with thirty eight finalist works will be on public exhibition at the Gallipoli Memorial Club in Sydney from April 20 - 28.

 "My painting of the landscape that faced our soldiers who landed by boat on the morning of April 25th 1915. The extreme height of the hills and sharp barbed wire like vegetation slashed the men trying to advance over the hills," Penrose Hart said. "I walked this hill on two trips to Gallipoli and while in good shoes and good clothing I struggled to reach even half way. To some the land is now a mere tourist site, but to others it is a sacred burial ground. The trees have rejuvenated and the grasses spread like wildfire – they camouflage the thousands of body parts within.”
A respected Australian contemporary painter, Amanda Penrose Hart often paints landscapes in-situ. Born in Brisbane in 1963, she holds a Diploma of Fine Art from Queensland College of Art and a Bachelor of Visual Art from Griffith University.
Penrose Hart has held twenty solo exhibitions and has shown in many more group exhibitions. She regularly has work selected in prizes such as the Portia Geach Memorial Award (2011, 2008, 2007, 2006) and the En Plein Air Art Prize.
Represented by King St Gallery, her works are also included in public and private collections including Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW; Brisbane Polo Club; Gold Coast City Art Gallery; Hawkesbury Regional Art Gallery, NSW; Redcliff Regional Gallery, Qld; Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney; and University of Sydney Art Collection.
Every year Australian, New Zealand and Turkish painters are invited to submit works to the Gallipoli Art Prize that reflect upon the themes loyalty, respect, love of country, courage and comradeship as expressed in the Gallipoli Club's 'creed'. Artists can interpret the broad themes in relation to any armed conflict in which Australia has been involved from 1915 up to the present day. The works do not need to depict warfare.

“The Gallipoli Art prize continues to attract the support of the visual arts community who have once again responded with innovative works that preserve the best of the ANZAC spirit,” said judge Jane Watters “The broad range of imagery represented in the Prize demonstrates the level of inquiry by the artists into the stories and people from not just the Gallipoli campaign but from other conflicts and also from daily life experiences.”
Amanda Penrose Hart’s winning painting and the thirty eight 2017 finalist works will be on public display at the Gallipoli Memorial Club at Circular Quay in Sydney from Thursday 20 April to Friday 28 April (excluding public holiday), 10am -4pm.
We believe that within the community there exists an obligation for all to preserve the special qualities of loyalty, respect, love of country, courage and comradeship which were personified by the heroes of the Gallipoli Campaign and bequeathed to all humanity as a foundation for perpetual peace and universal freedom.
Public Exhibition 20 April - 28 April (excl public holiday) 10am-4pm
Gallipoli Memorial Club, 2nd Floor, 12 Loftus St, Sydney
General enquiries: (02) 9235 1533

Previous Winners
2006  Margaret Hadfield Ataturk’s legacy
2007  Lianne Gough Glorus fallen
2008  Tom Carment Max Carment, War Veteran (the last Portrait) 
2009  Euan Macleod Smoke/Pink landscape/Shovel
2010  Raymond Arnold  The dead march here today
2011  Hadyn Wilson Sacrifice
2012  Geoff Harvey Trench interment
2013  Peter Wegner Dog with Gas Mask 
2014  Idris Murphy Gallipoli Evening 2013
2015  Sally Robinson Boy Soldiers
2016  Jiawei ShenYeah, Mate!

2017 Gallipoli Art Prize Winner
2017 Amanda Penrose Hart The Sphinx, Perpetual Peace

2017 Gallipoli Art Prize Finalists
Alison ChiamTied, Aussie Digger; Wombat skull and string
Alison Mackay136,000 to 1 
Amelia Willmer Murrumbidgee Flowing
Andrea Malone Thommo
Bernadette Harrigan A Mother’s Lament
Bob Marchant The rifle designed by William Scurry that saved lives at Gallipoli
Carmel Cosgrove  The Reconnaissance
Christian Morrow   Malcolm
Craig Handley Lewis
Craig Roach The hidden French gun of Cape Helles
Capt.Darlene Lavett The King’s Letter
Darrell Miller The Gaffer
David Hayes Man Down
David Porter The Avenue of honour at Mortlake
Deborah Walker Le Grande-Père (My Grandfather remembers 1915)
Fleur Macdonald The unknown soldier
Geoff Harvey Margaret Preston helps the shell-shocked service men
Glen Preece The Soldier’s Wife
Hugh Ramage The Goodsir Boys
Ian Chapman Buried Where They Fell
James Jian Shu HuThe First Day, Gallipoli 1915
John Colet School Yr 6 Interwoven Cultures
Judith White Mortarium
Karen Macdonald   Anzac Centenary Reflection
Kent McCormackHope Rallies Courage
Kim ShannonBoots On the Ground
Kristin Hardiman The Great Adventure
Lynne Mullane Les and His Boys
Margaret Hadfield Known Unto God - AEI
Maryanne Wick Sons
Max Berry Piebald hill with shrubs
Noel Kelly The Last Fuzzy Wuzzy
Peter Smeeth Anubis and the Soldier
Phil Hawke We are in it now
Rex Turnbull In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Steve Bowden The Last Post
Susan Sutton Love, Loyalty and Separation
Tony Costa Murphy and Kirkpatrick No 2.