The Lester Prize


The Lester Prize is one of the country’s most prestigious art prizes—an award that places artists and community proudly front-and-centre.

It is open to professional and emerging artists across Australia. This year’s prize pool totals over $95,000 and consists of:
-The Richard Lester Prize for Portraiture (selected by a panel of judges)—$50,000 Cash
-Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize (selected by artists’ peers)—$15,000 Cash
-Minderoo Foundation Spirit Prize (selected by Minderoo Foundation)—$10,000 cash
-People’s Choice Prize kindly donated by the Baldock Family (selected by the general public)—$10,000 Cash
-Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize (selected by our judges) | $5,000 cash
-Oxlades Highly Commended x 2 (selected by a panel of judges)—$2,000 Cash, $550 domestic art transport, $500 art framing voucher plus $250 art supplies voucher each

The Lester Prize Main Exhibition will be held in the historic Centenary Galleries at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 16 October—29 November 2021.


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