Wick­low artists short­listed for por­trait prize

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YOUNG ARTISTS from Wick­low have been short­listed for the pres­ti­gious Zurich Por­trait Price 2019.

Their work will be among the pieces that will go on dis­play in the Mil­len­nium Wing Stu­dion Na­tional Gallery of Ire­land from Oc­to­ber 5 to Jan­uary 12.

Oisín McFar­land Smith was short­listed for his pho­to­graph ti­tled ‘Granny An­nie. While Rita Ruitong Chen (6) has been short­listed for the Zurich Young Por­trait Prize for ‘School Girl’, a draw­ing in pen­cil on pa­per.

Iden­tity, fam­ily, mem­ory, gen­der, ag­ing, so­cial change and di­ver­sity were among the themes ad­dressed by the short­listed artists. The win­ner of the Zurich Por­trait Prize will re­ceive a prize of €15,000 and a com­mis­sion worth €5,000 to cre­ate a new work for in­clu­sion in the Na­tional Por­trait Col­lec­tion. There will also be two awards of €1,500 for highly com­mended works.

Judges for this year’s Zurich Por­trait Prize are Mike Fitzpa­trick, Dean of Lim­er­ick School of Art and De­sign; Pro­fes­sor Fiona Kear­ney, found­ing Direc­tor of the Glucks­man; and Mick O’Dea, artist and mem­ber of the RHA.

This year, the in­au­gu­ral Zurich Young Por­trait Prize ac­cepted en­tries from young peo­ple up to age 18 of all abil­i­ties from across the island of Ire­land. 20 fi­nal­ists in four cat­e­gories (ages 6 and un­der, ages 7-11, ages 1215 and ages 16-18) were se­lected. The over­all win­ner will re­ceive a per­son­alised wooden box of high-qual­ity art ma­te­ri­als spe­cific to their choice of ma­te­rial in their por­trait and a cash prize of €500.

The Zurich Young Por­trait Prize judges are artist Hetty Lawlor; pho­tog­ra­pher and film­maker Perry Og­den; and Bren­dan Rooney, Head Cu­ra­tor at the Na­tional Gallery of Ire­land.

Sean Rain­bird, Direc­tor of the Na­tional Gallery of Ire­land, said, “Through these com­pe­ti­tions, the Gallery aims to fos­ter an in­ter­est in con­tem­po­rary por­trai­ture amongst artists and art lovers alike. The ex­cit­ing short­lists of­fer our vis­i­tors the chance to see in­cred­i­ble new work at the Gallery in the Au­tumn. We’re also de­lighted to de­velop our im­por­tant part­ner­ship with Zurich this year as we cel­e­brate the in­au­gu­ral Zurich Young Por­trait Prize.”

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