2018 BLACK SWAN PRIZE FOR Portraiture Prize POOL


Lester Group

$50,000 Lester Group Prize

Judge's Prize: Selected by a panel of three judges

$10,000 Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize

Peer Prize: Selected by the Artists' peers

Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize

$7,500 People's Choice Prize by the Baldock Family

Public Prize: Selected by the public

2 x $500 Gift Vouchers from Oxlades Art Supplies

Highly Commended: Selected by a panel of three judges




Founding Sponsor – Lester Group

As a lifetime lover and collector of Australian art, I consider it a real privilege and a pleasure to be the founding sponsor of the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture.

We live in a wonderful country, but it concerns me that we tend to be recognised internationally more for our sporting achievements than our creative prowess. This Prize is, I believe, a positive and well-conceived step towards restoring the balance.

On behalf of the Lester Group, I would like to wish you every success and international recognition for the Prize. May it go on to achieve the same prominence as the Archibald Prize!


Dick Lester AM
Lester Group

Dick Lester