Terms and Conditions

The 2018 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award

Online Entry Form


Exhibition timeline

Judges and selection panel will be announced shortly

Closing date for entry forms: Midnight, Friday 28 September, 2018

Finalists notified: Monday 8 October, 2018

Finalist artwork delivered to the gallery on Monday October  22 from 10 am - 4 pm or prior by courier.  No late entries will be accepted

Artwork delivery address: Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Zingel Place, Bega NSW 2550, Phone: (02) 6499 2222

Official opening: Friday 26 October 2018. The opening will take place in the gallery from 6 pm

Exhibition closes: Saturday 8 December, 2018 at 4pm

Collection of paintings: Tuesday 11 December and Wednesday 12 December 2018. Work must be collected between 10am and 4pm


Entry Terms and Conditions

  1. The SHNPA will be awarded to the Best Portrait in any 2D medium (but excluding photography, digital media or bas relief) being a realistic depiction of a particular living person, with the subject known to the artist and aware of the artist’s intention.

  2. All work must be the original work of the exhibiting artist. Artists must be a resident of Australia at time of entry. Artists are asked to submit an artist's statement, up-to-date CV and digital images of both their subject and of the artwork for pre-selection with their online entry. Artists selected will be notified immediately following selection. A list of finalists will be posted on the gallery website. Works must have been completed within the last 12 months and must not have been exhibited before in the Bega Valley Regional Gallery.

  3. There is no limit to the number of entries an artist can submit, but a separate application form and entry fee must accompany each entry. Only one work per artist will be selected for the final exhibition, up to 200 cm x 200 cm in size or equivalent area.

  4. All entries must have D-hooks (no wires) and must be ready for hanging. No clip frames will be accepted.

  5. Entries must be clearly marked on the back with the artist's name, address and title of work.

  6. The winning work is not acquired by the Gallery.

  7. Works in this exhibition are not for sale. The valuation is for insurance purposes only.

  8. All work exhibited shall be held for the duration of the exhibition.

  9. The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  10. Please note that the Bega Valley Regional Gallery reserves the right to have works documented for media purposes or for their own photographic records.

  11. For total consignments under the value of $1,000,000 the gallery will cover insurance for any damage, loss or theft while artworks are in transit and while on the art gallery premises. For consignments over $1,000,000 an agreement will be negotiated between the lender and the gallery. All freight arrangements are the responsibility of the artist. Works are to be collected within 7 days of the conclusion of the exhibition or a storage fee will be applicable.

  12. An entry fee of $40 + GST ($30 + GST for members) is required to enter the Awards. Payment must be made electronically via begavalleyregionalgallery.bigcartel.com and will not be refunded if works fail to be selected.

  13. All entries submitted will be viewed by a selection committee. The selection committee and judge will be appointed by the Gallery Director.

  14. The selection committee reserves the right to reject any painting or drawing deemed unfit to exhibit (including works that differ greatly from entry photographs).

  15. Employees of Bega Valley Shire Council and their families are not eligible to enter the SHNPA.

Entry Fee

  • $40 + GST non member 
  • $30 + GST BVRG member No.

Transport arrangements are the responsibility of the artists

Please make sure that works are suitably packed in cardboard or a solid container and labelled with the artist’s name, so that they can be returned in the same packaging. There is no rail to Bega.

BVRG preferred carrier is International Art Services and a dedicated shipment to Bega will be running.


IMAGES, from finalists SHNPA 2016:

top: 'Inevitability (David Leha / Radical Son)' detail, by Mathew Lynn, 2016

middle: 'Jenny' detail, by Nick Stathopoulos, 2016

bottom: 'New Glasses' detail, by Mark Thompson, 2016