Wicklow artists shortlisted for portrait prize
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.”