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Junior Warrnibald Portrait Competition To Be Announced Online

The winners of the Junior Warrnibald Portrait Competition will be announced via Facebook on Sunday 25th July.

Over 400 local junior artists have participated in this year’s competition, all of which were proudly displayed in the Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG) prior to the announcement of lockdown restrictions.

“It’s been wonderful having all the junior artists return to WAG to make their exceptional portraits this year, the diverse range of colour, styles and subjects is inspiring” said WAG Director Vanessa Gerrans.

The Junior Warrnibald Prize 2021 is a portrait competition, just like The Warrnibald Prize, but for artists aged 18 and under.

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The competition is proudly sponsored by WDEA Works, and CEO Tom Scarborough says it's a great opportunity for emerging young artists.

“My favourite part of the Junior Warrnibald is that it allows young people within our Warrnambool community to share their artistic talents and to also recognise those who play an important part in their lives – parents, teachers, and role models.”

Lockdown restrictions have meant the WAG was forced to reimagine the judging and winner announcements which was initially planned to be an in-person event.

Thinking quickly while adhering to the current lockdown restrictions, Aaron Bradbrook WAG Curator of Exhibitions & Outreach was able to record a video of all the artwork displayed in the gallery and then take down and deliver all the artwork to judge Shelley Knoll-Miller to assess and determine the winners.

The winners of the 2021 Junior Warrnibald Portrait Competition will be announced via a video with Shelley on the Warrnambool Art Gallery Facebook page, this Sunday 25th July at 1pm.

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