The Black Swan Prize is one that is awarded for portraiture. It is one of the country's richest prizes for portraiture that has been renamed The Lester Prize in honour of the award's leading patron, Richard Lester.
The saying goes: "A passion for excellence, focus on performance and commitment to deliver."
The Lester Group is a family-owned and run group who are offering a range of security and comfort in property investment. The Lester Prize is managed by The Lester, a not-for-profit organisation, founded in 2007 by Tina Wilson. Tina wanted to provide an avenue for artists to show their works of portraiture within Western Australia.
Dick Lester was made a Lifetime Patron of the Prize in 2018 in recognition of his passion for the arts as well as his encouragement of Tina Wilson during her tenure as Executive Director. It was because of his advice and financial assistance that right from the beginnings, the Prize was able to flourish profusely.
Forty finalists from across Australia have been selected from over 400 entrants for this year's The Lester Prize. Amongst this year's finalists, 15 were Western Australian artists, 10 were from Victoria, 9 from NSW, and the remaining 6 from Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT.
About a quarter of this year's finalists have been named as finalists in previous years of the competition in previous events.
The Pre-Selection Panel is:
Dr Darren Jorgensen
Tom has advised that "the diverse cultural and personal narratives presented were revealing of our contemporary world today—it certainly made the selection process challenging. The works uncovered stories of self-reflection, struggle over hardship and unique insights which will hopefully ignite imaginations and evoke emotions with the viewing public. Media such as oil, acrylic, watercolour, graphite, woodcut print, and mixed media will feature in this year's collection."
This year, the Lester Prize is commemorating its thirteenth anniversary in 2019 and its fourth year at the Art Gallery of WA. Also, the finalists' artworks will be on display at AGWA in the Centenary Galleries at the above date. The actual awards will actually be announced on 8th November when there will be an Awards Night. Tickets for this event will cost $40 and you can buy your tickets here.
The dress code is lounge and at this event, you will enjoy a night of fine wine, canapes, and the announcement of the major prize winners.
On the night, it will be revealed which finalists will take home the coveted $50,000 Richard Lester Prize for Portraiture, the $10,000 Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize, and the highly commended prizes.