Return of a famous portrait exhibition

PICKING A WINNER: Shirley Hannan Mailroom Prize judges Lyn Jay and Vicki Hodges next to the winning entry by Sally Robinson.

PICKING A WINNER: Shirley Hannan Mailroom Prize judges Lyn Jay and Vicki Hodges next to the winning entry by Sally Robinson.

The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award returns to the Bega Valley Regional Gallery this month. 

One of Australia's most loved portrait awards, it celebrates realistic portraiture in memory of its eponymous patron. 

On Thursday, winner of the $500 Mailroom Prize was chosen by the women setting up the exhibition - Sally Robinson’s acrylic on canvas portrait of Ella Rubeli.  

“It just draws you in,” one of the judges Lyn Jay said after being asked why she chose it. 

Co-judge Vicki Hodges agreed, adding she loved the technique the artist used and that it looked completely different when viewed from a distance. 

The non-acquisitive award of $50,000 will be announced by the 2016 judge, senior curator at the National Portrait Gallery Christopher Chapman, at the official launch at 6pm on Friday, June 17 at the BVRG. 

The exhibition runs to August 20. 

ART AND DEPRESSION: The Black Dog by Ann Cape is part of a series of works dealing with dementia. It is on display as part of the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award.

ART AND DEPRESSION: The Black Dog by Ann Cape is part of a series of works dealing with dementia. It is on display as part of the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award.

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