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4th Biennial Portrait Prize Exhibition


Entries are now open for the 4th Biennial RSASA Portrait Prize Exhibition.

With over $20,000 in prizes, including the $10,000 acquisitive prize from The Kennedy Arts Foundation.

This exhibition is open to all South Australian artists and exhibited within the Royal South Australian Society of Arts (RSASA) gallery on North Terrace, Adelaide.

ENTRIES CLOSE – Thursday 30th May 2019, 4.30pm Australian Central Standard Time.

Click on the DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM button for the interactive form, full terms and conditions and other important exhibition information. Alternatively contact the RSASA Gallery directly at exhibitions@rsasarts.com.au or (08) 8232 0450.


The Philosopher by Kristone Capistrano – 2017 Kennedy Art Foundation Winner

The Portrait Prize is open to all South Australian artists. RSASA is a peak arts body established in 1856 and has been at the forefront of the visual arts programs in SA for the last 160 years. Through its range of exhibitions, prizes, workshops and demonstrations, the RSASA membership boasts a wealth of knowledge, experience and talent in Australian Art.

The prize is designed to encourage artists to push the boundaries of their work and materials as well as traditional portraiture. With the aim to contribute to the development of portraiture across South Australia.

Taras Ochota, Winemaker by Daryl Austin – 2015 Portrait Prize Winner

The society through its membership is exhibiting an array of creative talented artist, and is now staging the 4th Biennial Portrait Prize, this year with the support of SALA, all for the benefit of local artists which is open to all to view.

Royal South Australian Society of Arts is delighted to be associated with the Kennedy Arts Foundation in the presentation of the RSASA Portrait Prize, which will be an acquisitive prize of $10,000 presented by the Foundation.

This is one of two major portrait exhibitions held by the RSASA biennially, through a significant acquisition by the Kennedy Arts Foundation.

Bouquet 2 by Ellie Noir – 2017 M&M Carbins Trust Winner


First Prize – $10,000 – Acquisitive Prize from the Kennedy Arts Foundation
Second prize – $2,000 from Royal South Australian Society of Arts Inc
Carbins Trust Youth Award – $5,000 (Emerging artists 26 & Under)
Helpmann Academy – $1,000 – Applications are invited from final year students and graduates (up to five years following the final year of study) of University of SA (Bachelor Contemporary Art) and Adelaide College of the Arts/ Flinders University/ (Bachelor Visual Arts).
$1,000 – Sponsored by David Baker
$1,000 – Mixed Media Sponsored by Vikki Waller
$1,000 – Open category – Geographic Environment Sponsored by Helen Stacey Bunton – For a work showing the subject in their geographic environment – This award recognises that identity is related in some way to our geographic location – either in the past, such as birthplace or childhood location, place of employment or home, a holiday place or a present geographic location.

Merit Awards:

$500 Voucher from Premier Art Supplies
$500 Voucher from Wakefield Press
$500 Acrylic Prize – Voucher from Derivan
$500 Voucher from Splashout Art Studios
$350 Voucher from Pro-Lab Imaging
$150 Voucher from Port Art Supplies

Other prizes will be announced as soon as details become available.


The 4th Biennial RSASA/SALA Portrait Prize will be held from 28 July – 25 August 2019 in the RSASA Gallery, Institute Building, 1st Floor, corner North Tce & Kintore Avenue, Adelaide SA 5000.


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