The Lester Prize Awards Night 2019

The Lester Prize Awards Night 2019

Join us and some of Australia’s finest portrait artists at the exclusive Lester Prize for Portraiture celebrations. 

Enjoy a night of fine wine, canapés, and the announcement of the major prize winners.

On the night, we reveal which finalists will take home the coveted $50,000 Richard Lester Prize for Portraiture, the $10,000 Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize and the Highly Commended Prizes.

The Lester Prize is one of the country’s richest prizes for portraiture. Forty finalists from across Australia have been selected from over 400 entrants for this year's The Lester Prize. Amongst this year's finalists, 15 were WA artists, 10 were from VIC, 9 from NSW, with the remaining 6 from QLD, TAS and the ACT. Subjects of the works range from self-portraits to people who have played a significant part in the artists' lives. A quarter of this year's finalists have been named as finalists in previous years of the competition.

Dress Code: Lounge

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On Saturday 27 August, the Gallery is open 10am-3pm only as we prepare for the AGWA Foundation Gala supporting women in the arts. Some exhibition access will be disrupted with two Tracks We Share ground floor galleries closed. AGWA Rooftop bar will be closed, reopening at 2pm Sunday. Details