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The 2015 Moran Prizes Exhibition

9 Apr 2016 - 5 Jun 2016

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize were on show at Hazelhurst.

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) is the richest award for excellence in portrait painting in Australia with an annual first prize of $150,000. Following the exhibition of the 2015 Prize Finalists at Juniper Hall in Paddington (Oct 2015) the Moran Art Foundation toured the exhibition to regional galleries in 2016 beginning with Hazelhurst.

The DMNPP, founded by Doug & Greta Moran and family in 1988, it is an annual event aimed at encouraging the development of the portraiture skills of Australian artists and increasing the awareness and appreciation of Australian visual arts. Artists must interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter, either unknown or well known. The exhibition included prize winning portraits by 30 Australian artists and featured sitters Robyn Nevin, Kirk Pengilly, Edmund Capon and Euan Macleod.

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The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (MCPP) established in 2007 is a national competition that awards and promotes Australian contemporary photography. The MCPP invited photographers to interpret ‘Contemporary Life in Australia’ with an emphasis on Australians going about their day-to-day life. The aim was to encourage the production of photographs taken in Australia, by Australians, that reflect the multiculturalism and uniqueness of Australian life. The exhibition featured the works of 30 photographers including this year’s winner, Trent Mitchell for his photo Boy in Boat, Hervey Bay Qld 2015 (pictured above).

Accompanying the two exhibitions was the 2015 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize – Students, an exhibition of the winners and finalist works of students in Years K-12. The exhibition included photographic works from three Sutherland Shire Students and was on show at Moran Gallery Sylvania from 31 March to 29 May 2016. The Moran Gallery is a collaboration between Moran Health Care Group and Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre.

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize was a Moran Arts Foundation touring exhibition.

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Top: Ernesto Arrisueno Never tear us apart, (detail), oilBottom: Winner 2015Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, Trent Mitchell Boy in Boat, Hervey Bay Qld 2015 (detail).

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