Media Release




Are you intrigued by artistic people creating portraits? Have you ever been to a demonstration and watched a portrait develop in oil, acrylic, watercolour, clay, pencil and mixed media, or even with a sewing machine? Here is your opportunity to see first-hand how it’s done.

Adult and student portrait exhibitions will be held in the Royal South Australian Society of Arts Gallery (RSASA) and the Institute Gallery from 29th June till 26th July 2015. Both galleries are located in the Institute Building, corner of North Tce and Kintore Ave, Adelaide (RSASA Gallery, 1st Floor and Institute Gallery, ground floor).

The 2nd RSASA Biennial Portrait Prize Exhibition has a prize pool of over $16,650 which has been donated by many sponsors. The first prize of $10,000 has been kindly donated by Irena Zhang. There were 322 entries for the adult exhibition from 195 artists. Out of these 95 outstanding works, selected by three independent judges Rod Taylor, Deidre But-Husaim and Gloria Strzelecki.The student exhibition has 21 schools participating with 250 works.

A portrait can be a painting, a piece of sculpture, a drawing, a photograph or one of mixed media etc. It usually shows a likeness of the sitter/s, but here in these exhibitions, we asked each artist to think beyond the realm of the human face. Many artists chose to show their creative skills and abilities using their knowledge in a variety of techniques. Artists in both the adult and student exhibitions use different subjects for their portraiture, often experimenting to convey a message about the sitter and setting at the time. In Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries and here in our own early colonial society, family portraits were made and usually commissioned by wealthy people. They were often large and formal in style and presentation. In this exhibition, however, artists express and display the changes in portraiture using their many different creative skills and often using the latest technology.

A cost of $10, for the adult exhibition, includes one portrait demonstration by various artists. The student exhibition is free to enter. In total there are 44 artists working with 11 significant sitters. Each sitting will have 4 artists demonstrating the process of portrait making in their chosen medium.

Come along and see for yourself what makes a good portrait. We think you will be excited by both these exhibitions.

Gallery times are 10.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday and 1pm to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday.

For more information visit the RSASA web site 

For portrait demonstration bookings and session times phone 08 82320450.