The Lester Prize

Exhibition and Shows

9 Nov 2019 to 9 Dec 2019

Same Prize. Different Face. The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, one of the country’s richest prizes for portraiture has been renamed The Lester Prize in honour of the award’s leading patron, Richard Lester.

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 West Australian artists, 10 were from Victoria, nine from New South Wales, with the remaining six from Queensland, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.

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.

The Lester Prize total prize pool available to emerging and professional artists is now over AUD77,000, making it the third richest prize in Australia. The Awards will be announced on 8 November at the Awards Night at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.


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Event Times

9 Nov 2019 to 9 Dec 2019

Daily Event


Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, 6000

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