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New Dates for the Inaugural Darling Portrait Prize

10 April 2019

Artists will have more time to get their paints out after the National Portrait Gallery announces new dates for the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize.

The entry date of 1 May 2019 will remain the same, however the Gallery has extended the closing date to 9.00am AEST Tuesday 1 October 2019 - instead of 8 July - giving artists an extra three months to submit their entries.

Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Karen Quinlan says the Gallery is excited about the new Prize and is eager to see the entries.

“It is only fitting that this prestigious portrait prize will be presented at the home of portraiture - the National Portrait Gallery.”

The Darling Portrait Prize will be presented in March 2020 at the Gallery, where one painter will be crowned winner and take home a cash prize of $75,000.

Prize entrants must be an Australian citizen or resident, over the age of 18. Artists may paint any Australian citizen or resident and/or a person or persons who have a strong association with Australia or who has made a significant contribution to Australian life.

The Darling Portrait Prize Key Dates:

  • Painting to be completed on or after 1 September 2018
  • Entries open 1 May 2019
  • Entries close 9.00am AEST, Tuesday 1 October 2019 (not as previously advertised)
  • Finalists announced November 2019
  • The Darling Portrait Prize exhibition on show at the Gallery from March 2020 

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