Entries open for Port Lincoln's premier art prize

WINNER: 2020 Port Lincoln Bendigo Bank Art Prize winner Susan Tingay with her painting 'Mallees at Coffin Bay'.
WINNER: 2020 Port Lincoln Bendigo Bank Art Prize winner Susan Tingay with her painting 'Mallees at Coffin Bay'.

An increase in prize money is touted to raise the prestige of Port Lincoln's premier art competition.

Entries for the 2021 Bendigo Community Bank Port Lincoln Art Prize are now open, giving artists the opportunity to share in an $11,500 prize pool.

The Major Prize has been upped from $5000 in previous years to $8,500.

Nautilus Arts Centre Coordinator Georgina Shirley said the donation from Bendigo Bank is a indication that the annual event is headed in the right direction.

"The overall aim is to keep improving the art prize year by year," she said.

"We are trying to increase the chances of enticing some interstate entries and also some big name artists.

"It helps to increase tourism into the area and provides all the benefits of having something so prestigious in a town like Port Lincoln."

Local artists are also set to benefit from the increased prize pool.

Entries of 2D and 3D works in any medium other than photography are now invited to apply, with a new category in this year's prize dedicated to sculpture.

"We have got so many local talented artists int he Eyre Peninsula region and for them to have exposure like that on a larger scale, and also to be inspired by big name artists, is only going to grow their personal development," Ms Shirley said.

"Sculpture has always been really popular in the art prize but has never been individually recognised, so having this category to give them the recognition they deserve will be excellent.

"It's just going to be another display of excellent Port Lincoln quality art work and we are very excited to see what people bring to the table."

Entries close on Monday, November 30 at 3pm, with a two entry limit per artist.