Applause: Latest funding and awards announced

Winner of Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize announced, Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund fellow announced, Furphy Literary Award winner, plus more awards.

WA-based artist Cameron Richards has proven that creative dreams can come true without having a formal art qualification.

Richards, a gifted painter who has a qualification in physiotherapy, has used painting as a creative outlet and has now beaten a collection of 38 finalists to win the 2020 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award worth $50,000.

His painting titled Miss Priya Premkumar attracted the attention of the National Portrait Gallery Director and guest judge, Karen Quinlan, who made the announcement during a live stream. 

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