Entries open for 2022 Portrait of a Senior Territorian

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The 24th annual Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award, recognising and celebrating the achievements and contributions of senior Territorians within our community.

Entries are now open for the 24th annual Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award, which recognises and celebrates the achievements and contributions of senior Territorians within our community.

There is a total prize pool of $10,500 including:

  • first prize of $7000 for the winning portrait to be acquired by the Northern Territory Government
  • second prize of $2000
  • third prize of $500
  • $1000 for a people’s choice award.

The People’s Choice Prize of $1000 is determined by public votes during the exhibition period and will be announced on 24 February 2023.

Entries close Monday 31 October.

All entries will be displayed at an exhibition at the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs this December, with winners being announced at the exhibition opening on 2 December 2022.

Finalists will be asked to deliver their original work by Friday, 11 November to Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs, for judging.

The judges’ criteria includes technical expertise, originality, effectiveness in capturing the personality of the subject, effectiveness in capturing the Territory’s identity, culture and history, contribution to the legacy of Northern Territory art and the Portrait of a Senior Territorian award, as well as their personal response to the work.

Artists must submit a digital image of the portrait and include a statement of 100 words about the person who is the subject of the artwork and up to 100 words about the artist/s and their arts practice.

The portrait must be of one or more living Territorians aged 60 years and over as at 3 November 2022, who permanently reside in the Northern Territory.

The artwork can be done collaboratively or individually by artists aged 17 years and over and must have been completed within the past two years.

The artwork must not exceed the size limit of 1.5 metres by 1.5 metres, including the mounting and/or frame.

To enter and for more information, visit the Araluen Arts Centre website.

2021 Portrait of a Senior Territorian Award winner, Thomas Higgs with his portrait of Garlil Jane Christophersen, 'Matriarch and Pioneer.'

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