The Lester Prize 2021
The Lester Prize is one of the country’s most recognised and prestigious fine art prizes – an award that places artists and community proudly front-and-centre.
This year’s forty finalists were chosen from more than 750 entries received from artists across Australia. The prize pool available to professional, emerging and young artists is worth over $100,000, including the main prize of $50,000.
Amongst the finalists works are 15 self-portraits, with the common theme of self-reflection and isolation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Famous sitters include twin sisters from pop duo The Veronicas, popular WA premier Mark McGowan, and Dr Helen Haines MP. Other works portray family members, inspirational men and women, past sporting greats and Indigenous elders.