Do we need another portrait prize?

First time portrait prize entrant, art teacher Anthea da Silver, wins the inaugural $75,000 Darling Prize with a portrait that celebrates women, age and timeless creativity.

This week, the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) launched its inaugural Darling Portrait Prize, ahead of next week’s announcement of the National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP), which was first presented in 2007 and has become a cornerstone of the gallery’s programming.

Now presented in tandem annually, the Inaugural Darling Prize. has been awarded to a visual arts teacher living in regional NSW – a first time entrant to a portrait prize.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina