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Portrait Prize now a biennial event

THE annual Great Southern Portrait Prize is changing to a biennial event – meaning that the next staging by Prom Coast Arts Council Inc. of this very popular, interesting and sometimes controversial exhibition will be in 2017.

“This year’s Great Southern Portrait Prize [GSPP] was a challenge as it was the tenth such show and we put on the Retrospective Exhibition and the Double Take [artworks in the shop windows] project,” said PCA president Michael Lester.

The same small group of active members puts on all these events and after the GSPP and the Seachange Festival they felt that, although it will no doubt cause disappointment, it was necessary to redistribute their volunteer effort.

“The members’ show was a great success this year and we thought we need to showcase the work of PCA members and encourage them to exhibit more often,” Michael said.

Both the GSPP and the PCA members’ exhibition will be biennial, and will be staged on alternate years – the latter being retitled next year as ‘Prom Coast Arts – A Collective Exhibition 2016.’

Michael said that PCA is very welcoming of new members – especially those who are prepared to be active which forces PCA to keep its program of events to a level which members feel can be achieved without compromising standards.

“To all the artists out there wanting to enter the Portrait Prize – look ahead to 2017 and if you would like to exhibit with PCA in our members’ exhibition in 2016 – join PCA and exhibit as a PCA member. Our fees are very low and we have a three-year deal going at present,” Michael said.

Prom Coast Arts – A Collective Exhibition 2016 entry forms will be available in late January.

Membership forms for joining PCA are available by downloading the form from or by dropping in to Gecko Studio Gallery at 15 Falls Road, Fish Creek or by emailing PCA membership secretary Susan Quinn at [email protected]


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