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Last chance for artists to win $20,000 portrait award

Last chance for artists to win $20,000 portrait award

Artists have just over three weeks left to enter next year’s $20,000 Adam Award, the country’s most prestigious portrait prize, run by the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.

Entries for the biennial award, which also offers $2500 for the runner-up and a similar amount for the “people’s choice” nominated by visitors to the gallery during the three-month exhibition of finalists’ works, close on December 9.

More than 330 artists entered the last competition, funded by the Wellington-based Adam Foundation, in 2014.

Digital images of the entries will be transmitted to Denmark where the competition’s judge, Mette Skougaard, director of the Museum of National History, Frederiksborg, will review them before she arrives in Wellington on February 20 to make her final decision. She will announce the winner two days later and the exhibition will be open to the public at the gallery on the Wellington waterfront from February 25 to May 29.

The national portrait competition has been held every two years since 2000 and attracted hundreds of entries from all over the country. It has established a reputation for attracting the cream of the country’s portrait artists and is consistently the gallery’s most popular exhibition.


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