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The Lester Prize 2023

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

The prize pool available to professional and emerging artists has increased to over $115,000. This includes the Richard Lester Prize for Portraiture of $50,000.
This year's 40 finalist works were chosen from nearly 950 entries received from artists across Australia.
The Finalists were chosen by an independent pre-selection panel consisting of Annika Kristensen, Liz Looker, Kevin Robertson, and Bahar Sayed.
This year's prize pool 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) | $20,000 cash
  • Minderoo Foundation Spirit Prize (selected by Minderoo Foundation) | $10,000 cash
  • Baldock Family People’s Choice Prize (selected by the general public) | $15,000 cash
  • Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize (selected by a panel of judges) | $5,000 cash
  • Highly Commended (selected by a panel of judges) | up to $5,000 value
  • Barton Family Foundation Installers’ Prize (selected by AGWA's installation team) | $10,000 cash
The Finalists’ artworks will be on display at AGWA from 22 September to 26 November 2023.
Find out about all the exciting events and workshops coming up via
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    Event Showings

    22 September to 26 November 2023 | 10am-5pm
    Closed Tuesdays.

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    Free event

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    Level 2, 47 Stirling Highway

    Nedlands WA 6009

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