The Shirl - National Youth Portrait Prize

6 October  - 25 November 2017

The Shirl is a $10,000 acquisitive biannual portrait prize for artists between the ages 16 – 25. There is no other Portrait prize specifically for young and emerging Australian artists. The Shirl is the little sister to the BVRG’s  $50,000 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award.

We encourage HSC students, tertiary students or practicing emerging artists to enter. Entries can be of any 2D traditional medium or a digital new media piece, animation, gif etc. The entered work must have been completed within the last 12 months and must be the original work of the exhibitor.

For entry details, entry forms and other information click here

Curator Iain Dawson and Abdul Abdullah at the juding of the 2015 The Shirl.


Liam Ambrose, winner of the 2015 The Shirl