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Semi-finalist in The Lester Prize 2019

Updated: Oct 2, 2019

I am thrilled to announce my self-portrait 'Our Addiction to Convenience' has been selected as a semi-finalist in The Lester Prize 2019. It will be featured in The Lester Prize for Portraiture’s 2019 Salon des Refusés and Big Screen displays in Perth!

Deirdre Boeyen-Carmichael, Our Addiction to Convenience, 2018, oil on canvas, 600mm x 450mm

This year the prize received over 400 entries from artists across Australia. The pre-selection panel selected 40 Finalist (original) works for the main exhibition at the Art Gallery of WA. From the remaining submissions, the selectors chose 30 additional outstanding works for an alternative (digital-based) exhibition. This alternative collection of works are selected for their quality, diversity, or exciting or witty approach to portraiture.

The idea of the Salon des Refusés originated in Paris in the nineteenth century when works by Avant Garde artists were not accepted into exhibitions organised by the establishment. This led to artists mounting their own exhibitions, where they achieved great success.

The Salon des Refusés Exhibition is displayed on outdoor exhibition boxes at:

  • Perth Cultural Centre, near the entrance to the Art Gallery of WA

  • Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Tce, Perth, Mon 28 Oct – Fri 29 Nov 2019

  • St John of God Healthcare as part of a Touring Exhibition from Fri 20 December 2019 – Wed 5 February 2020.

Digital displays of artworks are also showcased on screens at:

  • Perth Cultural Centre

  • Yagan Square Tower

  • Northbridge Piazza

  • City of Perth Library.

The Lester Prize for Portraiture runs from Sat 9 November – Mon 9 December 2019.

I feel honoured to have my work selected and I am excited that the environmental message about the problems of single use plastic gets a wider audience. Looks like a trip to Perth coming up!

Find out more about The Lester Prize at

#artprize #Art award


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