Portrait exhibition turning heads

September 04, 2017

Artist Greg Chandler practising his skills ahead of the competition and exhibit in November.

IT MAY sound like a scene out of Alice in Wonderland, but the new Echuca-Moama Arts Initiative competition is sure to turn some heads.

The Off With Their Heads exhibition may not be until November but organisers are encouraging artists in Echuca-Moama and surrounds to get creating.

EMAI’s Bronwyn Beer said they invite artists to rise to the challenge of creating a portrait of either a local Echuca-Moama identity or anybody famous.

‘‘In the past portraits have been executed in different ways so we encourage any arts discipline,’’ she said.

‘‘These could be painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printing, film, sound or installation.

‘‘We hope to receive entries with a new energy alongside the traditional idea of portraiture.’’

Ms Beer said this is an opportunity for artists to engage with each other.

‘‘Everybody loves a good portrait. The competition is a good driver to get your thinking caps on, materials out and start creating.’’

Off With Their Heads will be adjudicated by Carla Fletcher — a multiple Archibald Prize finalist.

‘‘First prize is $500, the people’s choice award is $200 and the best student will receive $100,’’ Ms Beer said.

‘‘Entries close November 5, so get creating.’’

Entry is $20 adult, $10 EMAI members and free for secondary students.

All late entries will be charged $25.

Entry forms are available from The Foundry Arts Space during opening hours or by email [email protected] or by calling 0429 168 424.

The exhibition will run from November 16 to December 3.

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