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2nd RSASA Biennial Portrait Prize Exhibition

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Entries to be forwarded before 4 30pm on Friday, 8th May
2nd RSASA Biennial Portrait Prize Exhibition

Australia's oldest art society, the Royal South Australian Society of Arts Inc. (RSASA ) has announced its second Portrait Prize Exhibition, which offers South Australian Artists their own Portrait Prize Exhibition with total prize money to the value of $16,500. The major prize of $10,000 has been donated by Irena Zhang, curator of Zi Gallery.

2nd RSASA Biennial Portrait Prize Exhibition
Director State Library, Alan Smith with the Govenor Hieu Van Le AO, at the opening of the 'Tugs of War' exhibition at the RSASA Gallery on 18 April 2015.

Irena Zhang has a long running passion for the arts. She has curated a variety of multicultural and community focused art exhibitions, internationally acclaimed dance and theatre performances; the Red Poppy, the Yalong Tibetan Song and Dance Troupe and the Guiyang Acrobatic Troupe.

Irena Zhang is well-known to be the "catalyst" for fundraising activities and events for wider causes outside our local community, which have included the Sichuan Earthquake Appeal, the Guangdong Flood Victims' Appeal, The Premier's Olympic Games Appeal and the South East Asian Tsunami Appeal.

She has overseen a re-invigoration of the Chinatown district in Adelaide, and was a driving force revamping the New Year Event in February 2013, and 2014.

2nd RSASA Biennial Portrait Prize Exhibition
Victor Zhang and Irena Zhang continue to support the Arts and RSASA.

Her generous gift of $10,000 in the selection of the first Prize will be dedicated to her father, well known international artist Victor Zhang, who has exhibited in various museums in China, and was a former member of the RSASA. Victor Zhang will be one of the independent judges to assist in the selection of the 1st prize. The other three independent judges are Chris Orchard, Deidre But-Husalm and Gloria Strzelecki.

2nd RSASA Biennial Portrait Prize Exhibition
RSASA Gallery opening of 'Tugs of War' Exhibition on 18 April 2015. Photo courtesy of RSASA.

The official opening by The Lord Mayor, Martin Haese, will occur at 2.00pm on Sunday, 28 June 2015 at RSASA Gallery.

The 2nd RSASA Biennial Portrait Prize Exhibition will be open from 28th June to 26th July 2015.

The winner of the Portrait Prize Exhibition will be announced at the official opening of the exhibition. A People's Choice Award will be held during the exhibition with the winner awarded the $500 prize on the closing day of the exhibition at 3.00pm on Sunday 26th July 2015.

2nd RSASA Biennial Portrait Prize Exhibition
Jimbo by Ian Fraser, Winner RSASA Portrait Prize 2013. Photo courtesy RSASA.

Marketing Executive, Vice-President RSASA, Jack Condous said, "This exhibition encourages artists to think beyond the realms of the human face. We encourage artists to submit 3 entries of work in all artistic mediums, not only painting."

Condous said, "The Portrait Prize Exhibition is open to all adults of any age. They can be emerging, established or a reputable artist. They can be amateur or professional. It may be their first entry into an art competition. Our first exhibition held over 2 years ago was very successful with 344 entries."

2nd RSASA Biennial Portrait Prize Exhibition
Shirley's Mum by Thomas Bromley. Winner People's Choice 2013. Photo courtesy of RSASA.


1st Prize $10,000.

2nd Prize to the value of $3500

($2,000RSASA, $1000 Derivan Prize of Excellence plus $500 voucher Wakefield Press)

$1,000 Helpman Academy Prize for Emerging Artist Award

$500 voucher form Premier Art Supplies

$500 Peoples Choice Prize donated by Friends of the South Australian School of Art

With more prizes to come.


Entry forms with payment along with an image of the proposed works (up to A) to be forwarded to the RSASA Gallery before 4.30pm on Friday, 8th May 2015.

Up to 3 artworks can be submitted per artist, with a maximum size of 2m in width and 3m high for framed works.

An image of a artwork can be presented on a CD, or a hard copy, up to 300dpi where possible.

Artists and the general public can download more information and entry forms from the web site of RSASA

Artists are invited to assist in supervising of this exhibition during the 4 weeks it is held. A special training program is available to assist supervisors of this exhibition.


RSASA Members $15 per entry
Non-Members $20 per entry
Larger works will attract a higher entry fee (non-refundable).

Artists will receive notification of their work being selected or rejected and will be asked to present their final work for the exhibition on Tuesday 23rd June, between 10.30am - 4.00 pm.

The hanging of all works will be in the RSASA Gallery on Wednesday, 24 June and Thursday, 25 June and final judging will be done on Friday 26th June from 10.00am until 1.00pm.

2nd RSASA Biennial Portrait Prize Exhibition
RSASA Gallery, Level 1, Institute Building, Cnr North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide. Photo courtesy of RSASA

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Why? A wonderful opportunity to see a variety of artworks by South Australian artists on display in The RSASA Portrait Prize Exhibition.
When: Sunday 8 June to Sunday 26 July 2015.
Phone: 08 8232 0450
Where: RSASA Gallery, Level 1, Institute Building, Cnr North Tce & Kintore Ave, Adelaide 5000
Cost: Cost of Entry in Portrait Prize Exhibition RSASA Members $15 per entry. Non-members $20 per entry. Larger works will attract a higher entry fee.Entry Fee to see Exhibition $10.
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