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South East Centre for Contemporary 
Art acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional custodians of the lands, waterways and airspace of the Bega Valley Shire.

Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award 2024



Image: Cameron Richards, ‘Miss Priya Premkumar’, 2020 award winner. Courtesy the artist.

SECCA invites artists to submit entries for the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award 2024

One of Australia’s most loved and richest awards for realistic portraiture, the biennial Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award celebrates portraiture in memory of the dedicated arts patron and supporter, Shirley Hannan.

The $50,000 biennial award is non-acquisitive and attracts hundreds of entries from many of Australia’s most respected artists.

A prerequisite for the award was made that those works selected to hang depict their subjects accurately without abstraction and demonstrate a sound skill and knowledge of drawing and painting technique.

Award Entries

Submit your entry here.

Before completing this form please make payment here. Entry fee is $55 (inclusive of GST) per entry. Entry fee is non-refundable and covers administration and handling. Any entry not accompanied by payment of entry fee will be ineligible.

Please visit our Terms and Conditions page for the full Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award 2024 entry requirements and important dates.

If you have any questions about your entry please contact us using secca@begavalley.nsw.gov.au


Important information

– Open to all Australian artists over the age of 18. Artists must be a permanent resident of Australia at time of entry.

– The $50,000 prize is non-acquisitive.

– Artists can enter artworks completed within the last 12 months and must not have been exhibited before at SECCA.

– There is no limit to the number of entries an artist can submit, however a separate application form and entry fee must accompany each entry. Only one entry per artist may be selected as a finalist.

– Works must not exceed 200cm in any direction, which includes the frame.


Key dates

– Eligible artworks must have been completed since 26 May 2023.

– Entries close at midnight on Monday 30 September 2024.

– Artists will be advised of preselection for exhibition by close of business Monday 21 October 2024 via email.

– The winner will be announced at the opening event on Friday 29 November 2024 at SECCA (Zingel Place, Bega) and online.

– Public exhibition dates: Saturday 30 November 2024 to Saturday 15 February 2025.