History of

THE SHIRLEY HANNAN NATIONAL PORTRAIT AWARD

One of Australia's most loved and richest portrait awards, the biennial Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award celebrates realistic portraiture in memory of our eponymous patron. 

Hannan, a gifted portraitist, was well known in the Bega Valley as a staunch supporter and generous patron of the arts, funded the John Balmain National Award for Portraits and Figure Drawing from 1993 until she re-established it in her own name in 2002 with a substantially increased first prize of $15,000.

A prerequisite for the award was made that those works selected to hang depict their subjects accurately without abstraction and demonstrate a sound skill and knowledge of drawing and painting technique. The award was established with a specific and unremitting realist bent, which continues to this day.

Before her death in 2005, Hannan doubled the prize purse to $30,000 and it was decided to discarded the figure drawing component of the prize, concentrating on portraiture alone.

Hannan's husband, Brian Settle, established the Shirley Hannan Trust to perpetuate the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award as a biennial, national portrait prize with a focus on accurate depiction.

In 2012, Hannan's son Peter, himself a talented photographer, paid further tribute to his mother's memory with a generous personal donation of an additional $20,000 bringing the prize purse for subsequent awards to $50,000.

 

THE SHIRL : National Youth Portrait Prize

In 2014 the new BVRG Director decided a gap had appeared in the portrait prize milieu after the National Portrait Gallery discontinued its Youth Portrait Prize and it was decided that THE SHIRL should be established to run at the gallery on consecutive years. This $10,000 acquisitive award was launched in December 2015 and attracted over 200 entries from artists between the ages of 16 and 25. Aimed at increasing participation of young artists in the prize sector, and to capture the excellence being achieved at the culmination of secondary and tertiary art studies. 

 

MEDIA RELEASE | February 16 2016

 

 

Shirley Hannan Award judge announced

 

Dr Christopher Chapman, the senior curator of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, has been selected as the judge of the 2016 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award in the Bega Valley Regional Gallery on Friday, 17 June.

The Shirley Hannan is well established as one of Australia’s best loved and richest portrait prizes with a first prize of $50,000.

It is sponsored by the Shirley Hannan Trust and is a celebration of realistic portraiture and attracts both established and emerging painters from across Australia.

Dr Chapman is Senior Curator at the National Portrait Gallery where he has produced major exhibitions exploring diverse experiences of selfhood and identity.

He joined the Gallery in 2008 and was promoted to Senior Curator in 2011.

Working in the visual arts field since the late 1980s, Dr Chapman has held curatorial roles at the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia.

 

He has lectured in visual arts and culture for the Australian National University and his PhD thesis examined youth masculinity and themes of self-sacrifice in photography and film.

 

Finalists will be chosen by a selection panel of independent art professionals and the prize patron, Peter Hannan, son of the late Shirley Hannan.

The 10th Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award exhibition will run from 17 June to 20 August.

The Bega Valley Regional Gallery is located in Zingel Place (opposite Littleton Gardens), Bega, NSW.

Phone 02 6499 2187 or check our website at gallery.begavalley.nsw.gov.au Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturday from9am to noon and entry is always free.

 

The Prizes

 

The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award $50,000

The SHNPA will be awarded to the "Best portrait painting in any 2D medium (but excluding photography, digital media or bas relief) being a realistic depiction of a particular living person".

 

The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award People's Choice $3,000

Visitors are invited to vote for their favourite portrait over the duration of the Award's exhibition at Bega Valley Regional Gallery. The winner of the People's Choice Award will be announced at the conclusion of the exhibition.

 

The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award Mailroom Prize $500

The Mailroom prize will be selected by the Records staff of the Bega Valley Shire Council.

 

 

THE SHIRL : National Youth Portrait Prize $10,000

Acquisitive prize - the winning work will become a key piece in the BVRG's growing contemporary collection.

 

THE SHIRL : National Youth Portrait Prize IAS TRANSPORT YOUNG ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

International Art Services sponsor a $1,000 prize of national transport.

 

 

 

KEY INFORMATION

Entry is via digital channels only.

Your -

* entry form,

* image of your subject

* image of your artwork

* current CV

* artist statement of no more than 200 words

is to be sent to

gallery at begavalley dot nsw dot gov dot au

Entries close at midnight Friday September 8 2017

Payment is to be made through the gallery's online store begavalleyregionalgallery.bigcartel.com

Selection panel and judge will be announced by Friday September 8 2017

Finalists will be announced by Friday 15 September 2017

 

 

Past Winners & Judges | Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award

2016

Judge - Christopher Chapman, Senior Curator, National Portrait Gallery

Winner - Sally Robinson, 'Ella Rubelli'

2014

Judge - Sarah Engledow, Senior Curator and Historian, National Portrait Gallery

Winner - Shaun Gladwell, 'Portrait of Meyne Wyatt/Black Digger'

2012

Judge - Michael Desmond, Deputy Director, National Portrait Gallery

Winner - Neil Moore, 'Portrait of Claudio'

2010

Judge - John McDonald, Author and Art Critic, Sydney Morning Herald

Winner - Mathew Lynn, 'Pierre Ryckmans'

2008

Judge - Paul Ashton Delprat, Principal, Julian Ashton Art School

Winner - Andrew Forsythe, 'Amelda'

2006

Judge - Nafisa Naomi, Portrait Artist

Winner - Raelene Sharp, 'A Woman's Lot'

2005

Judge - Barbara August, Artist

Winner - Evert Ploeg, 'Mariella Everett'

2004

Judge - Nafisa Naomi, Portrait Artist

Winner - Susan Cesarini, 'Senator Kerry Nettle - Something to Say'

2003

Judge - Paul Newton, Portrait Artist

Winner - Robert Hannaford, 'Gil Jones'

2002

Judge - Paul Ashton Delprat, Principal, Julian Ashton Art School

Winner - Fu Hong, 'Portrait of Daisy with Vase'

 

Past Winners & Judges | THE SHIRL : National Youth Portrait Prize

 

2015

Judge - Abdul Abdullah

Winner - Liam Ambrose, Portrait of Alan Jones Artist


WINNER OF '2015 IAS YOUNG ACHIEVEMENT AWARD' Harriet Mitchell Romy and Daffodil

WINNER OF '2015 IAS YOUNG ACHIEVEMENT AWARD'

Harriet Mitchell

Romy and Daffodil

KEY INFORMATION

Entry is via digital channels only.

Your -

* entry form
* image of your subject
* image of your artwork
* current CV
* artist statement of no more than 200 words

is to be sent to

gallery at begavalley dot nsw dot gov dot au

 

Entries close at midnight Friday September 8 2017

Payment is to be made through the gallery's online store begavalleyregionalgallery.bigcartel.com

Selection panel and judge will be announced by Friday September 8 2017

Finalists will be announced by Friday 15 September 2017

The sitter must be aware of the artist’s intention to enter the SHYP 2017

DOWNLOAD 2017 THE SHIRL ENTRY FORM

DOWNLOAD THE SHIRL 2017 POSTER HERE

 

SYDNEY ARTIST LIAM AMBROSE WINS INAUGURAL $10,000 NATIONAL YOUTH PORTRAIT PRIZE The suspense was palpable in the crowd this hot and steamy evening at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery as lauded young artist ABDUL ABDULLAH announced the winner of the inaugural $10,000 National Youth Portrait Prize.
Bega Valley Regional Gallery Director IAIN DAWSON speaks to guest judge of THE SHIRL, acclaimed young Australian multidisciplinary artist ABDUL ABDULLAH.
Launch Night! Our special guest judge is Dr. Christopher Chapman, Senior Curator at the National Portrait Gallery Canberra. Winner of the 2016 Award is Sally Robinson with her portrait of Ella Rubelli. "Like all artists I enter art competitions in the hope of getting exposure for my work.
Join 2016 SHNPA judge Dr. Christopher Chapman on opening night talk through his choice of Sally Robinson's painting, Ella Rubeli.