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Big prize for prestigious art competition

Monday, 20th February, 2017

Entries will soon be open for the region’s most prestigious art competition, The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize Entries will soon be open for the region’s most prestigious art competition, The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize

Entries will soon be open for the region’s most prestigious art competition, The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize. 

The competition showcases art in any media which reflects the spirit and diversity of the Australian outback, and this year boasts a prize pool of $19,000. 

Formerly known as the Outback Art Prize, the competition was renamed in 2016 in honour of the late Pro Hart and his family’s contribution to the arts. 

The annual event is generously supported by Pro’s wife, Raylee, and Broken Hill City Council. 

The Prize consists of an acquisitive first prize, with the overall winner’s work added to the nationally recognised collection of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery (BHRAG). 

A non-acquisitive second prize, a non-acquisitive Encouragement Award, and a People’s Choice Award are also handed out. 

Last year saw Queensland artist Anita West head an impressive field of entrants to win the top award with her acrylic-on-linen painting titled “Granite and Wattle.” 

Mayor Darriea Turley said she is looking forward to a similarly impressive field of entrants this year. 

“The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize is one of the real highlights on the local art calendar, and I can’t wait to see the entries it attracts,” she said. 

“Just looking at the range of works that were entered last year - from Anita West’s colourful landscape painting to Georgia Morgan’s intricate metal sculpture of a stockman and his dog -  it just demonstrates the talent and variety this prestigious competition attracts.” 

Entries for the competition open on 21 February, and close 15 May, and the exhibition is expected to be launched on 30 June.

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