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The Lester Prize


The Lester Prize is one of Australia’s most prestigious portraiture prizes – an award that places artists and the community proudly front and centre. Our prize is about the advancement of the artists, not the celebrity of the sitters. Established in 2007, we are a not-for-profit organisation that provides an avenue for artists to exhibit works of portraiture in Western Australia.  

With an annual prize pool valued at over $100,000, The Lester Prize is now one of the nation’s richest and most recognised art prizes. Over 750 entries are received each year, with 40 Finalists selected to be exhibited at The Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA). The Prize provides local artists with the chance to compete on a national stage and be supported with mentoring and engagements.

 

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