Finalists announced –
4th Biennial Portrait Prize Exhibition


The judges decisions are now in, and we wish to advise the following artists each have work that has been accepted as a Finalist of the 2019 RSASA / SALA Portrait Prize.


Rebecca Achkar
Hugh Adamson
Iroda Adil
Barry Anderson
Lauryn Arnott
David Baker
Joshua Baldwin
Alex Beckinsale
Cheryl Bridgart
Lawrence Brown
Donald Burrow
Patrick Cassar
Rubi Cassidy
Ruby Chew
Daniel Connell
Philip David
Janine Dello
Callum Docherty
Scott Eames
Brianna Fantis
Ian Fraser
Bernadette Freeman
Zoe Freney
Allan Gaekwad
Roe Gartelmann
Robin Hicks
Mitch Ianni
Lisa Ingerson
Kamolrat Jaggi
Elizabeth James
Joshua Juett
Tom Keukenmeester
Kate Kurucz
Donald Lock
Penny Maclaren
Peter Macmullin
Andrea Malone
Liza Merkalova
Ellie Noir
Stephen Oatway
Yasmin Paterson
Thea Popoff
Fatemah Shahriari
Ekaterina Shipova bell
Edward Ting
Louise Vadasz
Peter Westerhoff
Paul Whitehead
Sheila Whittam
Wen Zhao

The RSASA/SALA Portrait Prize Committee congratulate you on becoming a finalist and look forward to viewing your works.

Keep reading below for important details and information.

The Philosopher by Kristone Capistrano – 2017 Kennedy Art Foundation Winner


Prizes to the value of $22,000 will be presented (together it is planned with representatives of our sponsors) and where musicians will perform at the opening.

First Prize – $10,000 – Acquisitive Prize from the Kennedy Arts Foundation
Carbins Trust Youth Award – $5,000 (Emerging artists 26 & Under)
RSASA Excellence Award – $2,000 from Royal South Australian Society of Arts Inc
Helpmann Academy – $1,000 – Applications are invited from final year students and graduates (up to five years following the final year of study) of University of SA (Bachelor Contemporary Art) and Adelaide College of the Arts/ Flinders University/ (Bachelor Visual Arts).
$1,000 – Sponsored by David Baker
$1,000 – Mixed Media Sponsored by Vikki Waller
$1,000 – Open category – Geographic Environment Sponsored by Helen Stacey Bunton – For a work showing the subject in their geographic environment – This award recognises that identity is related in some way to our geographic location – either in the past, such as birthplace or childhood location, place of employment or home, a holiday place or a present geographic location.

Merit Awards:

$500 Voucher from Premier Art Supplies
$500 Voucher from Wakefield Press
$500 Acrylic Prize – Voucher from Derivan
$500 Voucher from Splashout Art Studios
$350 Voucher from Pro-Lab Imaging
$150 Voucher from Port Art Supplies


Sold work –

If your work is sold you will be notified within 7 days and be paid (less commission of 30%) within 30 days of the close of the exhibition.

Unsold work –

If your work is unsold at the end of the exhibition, you will be required to pick up your work on Sunday August 27 AFTER 4pm or on Monday August 28 11am to 4pm.

Semi-finalists not selected as finalists –

If your work is not selected as a finalist, if you will allow your work to be considered to be shown in the Arkaba or Kensington hotels. We have done this in previous years, there is no charge, your work will be taken to the hotel and will be exhibited there with others for the month of August.

The Arkaba owners and staff have a love of art and enjoy having work in their hotels. The work will be hung in their SALA exhibition with other-artist’s. All work will be for sale unless you state otherwise.

The Arkaba SALA opening is on Thursday 1st August and the Kensington Hotel SALA opening is on Thursday August 8th.

Taras Ochota, Winemaker by Daryl Austin – 2015 Portrait Prize Winner


The exhibition opening is on Sunday July 28th 2-4pm. The opening speaker is Martin Haese MBA / Former Lord Mayor

The 4th Biennial RSASA/SALA Portrait Prize will be held from 28 July – 25 August 2019 in the RSASA Gallery, Level 1, Institute Building, Corner North Terrace & Kintore Avenue, Adelaide SA 5000.

The Arkaba SALA opening is on Thursday 1st August and the Kensington Hotel SALA opening is on Thursday August 8th.

Bouquet 2 by Ellie Noir – 2017 M&M Carbins Trust Winner


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Proudly sponsored by

Kennedy Arts Foundation
M&M Carbins Trust Fund
Helpmann Academy
Wakefield Press
Premier Art Supplies
Prolab Imaging
Prolab Imaging
Port Adelaide Art Supplies

Proudly supported by

State Library of South Australia
Wolf Blass
Arkaba Hotel
Adelaide Review
Buckingham Arms