Lester Prize 2019 – Adult Award Finalists

The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, one of the country’s richest prizes for portraiture has been renamed The Lester Prize in honour of the award’s leading patron, Richard Lester.

The move has come after extensive consultation with artists, arts administrators, sponsors and partners to develop a name that is more ‘ownable’ and recognisable than ‘Black Swan’—a moniker that is shared by many businesses, products and organisations in WA.

The new name recognises the leadership and support of Richard (Dick) Lester in helping the prize grow into one of the most prestigious on Australia’s visual arts calendar.

Along with the new name comes a new look for the Prize. The look reflects both the quality of the awards and its approachability.


The exhibition features works by this year’s Adult Award Finalists, created to complement the outdoor display at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and in the Perth Cultural Centre.

Various exhibition screenings, Perth Cultural Centre Screen & Northbridge Piazza Screen, November – December 2019.

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