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The Lester Prize 2019/20 Exhibition Season

The Lester Prize is one of the country’s richest portrait prizes.

Our annual program includes: the Main Exhibition in AGWA’s historic Centenary Galleries; Awards Nights for both Adult and Youth finalists; guided tours; floor talks, workshops and live demonstrations with Adult Finalists; outdoor art pop up events around the city with the WA Portrait Artists and the Plein Air Painters of Australia; a Youth, Community & Hospital Outdoor Art Exhibition at the Perth Cultural Centre; and digital exhibitions showcased on the Big Screen at the Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge Piazza, Yagan Square and the City of Perth Library.

The Lester Prize also conducts workshops with Starlight Livewire at Perth Children’s Hospital; aged care residents; and schools working towards making substantive and positive changes within their communities (with a particular focus on those who require additional support and have a high proportion of NESB and indigenous student populations). The Lester Inc is proud to provide Western Australia and the country with the opportunity to engage with the best of the artform in a format that puts both artists and community front-and-centre.

  • MAIN EXHIBITION | Art Gallery WA’s Centenary Galleries | 9 Nov — 9 Dec 2019

  • YOUTH AWARDS EXHIBITION | Brookfield Place Tower 2 | 28 Oct — 29 Nov 2019

  • SALON DES REFUSÉS | Outside Brookfield Tower 1 | 28 Oct — 29 Nov 2019

  • OUTDOOR COMMUNITY EXHIBITION | Perth Cultural Centre | 9 Nov — 9 Dec 2019

  • ON THE BIG SCREEN DISPLAYS | Various locations in Perth CBD | 9 Nov — 9 Dec 2019

  • ST JOHN OF GOD HEALTH CARE TOURING EXHIBITION | Murdoch, Mt Lawley & Midland Hospitals | 20 Dec 2019 — 5 Feb 2020

Visit our website for more information on our free and ticketed events happening at AGWA and around Perth CBD.


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    Event Showings

    9 Nov - 9 Dec | 10am - 5pm

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    Free event

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    Perth Cultural Centre

    Cnr James and William Street

    Perth WA 6000

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    Assisted Listening

    Wheelchair Access