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Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2017

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Lion by Anh Do, Doug Moran Arts Foundation Portrait Prize, Portrait exhibition
Lion by Artist Anh Do. Image courtesy of Doug Moran Arts Foundation Website.


The 2017 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Exhibition is now open at Juniper Hall in Paddington, following the announcement that Tim Storrier is the winner of the 2017 Portrait Prize.

The free exhibition runs until 17 December and is open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. It features all 30 finalists from this year's prize. This year, you'll find works by a long list of exceptional artists including multiple award winners such as Anh Do, Natasha Walsh, Marie Mansfield, Belinda Wiltshire, and Amaya Iturri amongst others.

Anh Do is a Vietnamese-born actor, author, comedian and artist. He's recently combined his interests to create the tv show Brush with Fame which gives a behind the scenes look into what happens during a portrait session. He's so far had painted the portraits of Magda Szubanski, Amanda Keller, Jimmy Barnes, and Anthony Mundine. You can view episodes on ABC iview.

Natasha Walsh was a finalist in last year's Archibald Prize and has previously won the Emerging Artist Award in the Mosman Art Prize.

Each Sunday, throughout the exhibition the Juniper Gallery will host Artists Talks and visitors are encouraged to come along and gain an insight into the work of the 2017 finalists and hear the stories behind the paintings. Enjoy a glass of wine as you mingle with the artists in the grounds of historic Juniper Hall.

Portrait of Isla Fisher, Nick Stathopoulos
Isla 1 by Artist, Nick Stathopoulos. Image courtesy of the Doug Moran Arts Foundation Website.


Free artist talks start at 2pm, every Sunday during the exhibition and include:
22 October - Dagmar Cyrulla - I am Woman
29 October - Nick Stathopoulos - Isla 1
05 November - Glenn Loughrey - Exile – Self Portrait of An Indigenous Man
12 November - Prudence Flint - Blue Cotton Dress
19 November - Kathrin Longhurst - Alex
26 November - Stewart MacFarlane - Artist at Sixty Three and Bride
03 December - David Fairbairn - Head of J.L. No.2 (with skull cap)
10 December - Janis Lander - New Town Prophet
17 December - Darren McDonald - The Good Son (My Brother Stefano and Uncle Jack Charles)

Michael Sims, Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Juniper Gallery, Art Exhibition
Paul Capsis by artist Michael Sims. Image courtesy of the Moran Arts Foundation Website.


EXHIBITION DETAILS:
The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Exhibition
Runs from 19 October – 17 December
Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday from 10am until 4pm
At Juniper Hall, 250 Oxford Street, Paddington

The finalist portraits can be viewed here:

The Moran Arts Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation whose objective is to support the arts in Australia through the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, gallery exhibitions and free Moran School Photographic Workshops. Established by Doug and Greta Moran and family in 1988 in celebration of Australia's bicentennial, the Moran Arts Foundation fosters portraiture skills and excellence in photography. They can come to local schools to run photography workshops for students as a means to foster photographers. For more information visit their website.

Getting here.
Parking is limited in the surrounding residential streets. Juniper Hall is easily accessible via any bus that runs along Oxford St from Central or Hyde Park. It is possible to walk from Museum station, however, expect it to take at least 30mins; it's a straightforward walk along Oxford St and there are lots of interesting shops to look at along the way.

On the Cusp by Helen Young, Doug Moran Arts Foundation Portrait Prize
On the Cusp by Artist, Helen Young. Image courtesy of Doug Moran Arts Foundation Website.
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Why? Outstanding portraits, free entry.
When: Thursday 19th October to Sunday 17th December, gallery open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
Phone: 02 9357 5222
Where: Juniper Hall 250 Oxford St Paddington
Cost: Entry is free.
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