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Salon des Refuses Inverlochy Portrait Exhibition.

Salon des Refuses Inverlochy Portrait Exhibition.

You may have heard of  New Zealand's Adam Portrait Award?

New Zealand's  'premier' annual competition for portraiture.

Recently the first prize of $15,00 was won by Auckland-based artist Stephen Martyn Welch for his self- portrait - '3 Nights, A Mirror & Loads of Coffee'.  (Right)

The judge was Dr Christopher Chapman, senior curator at the Australian National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

The wining picture and many of the other entries are currently on display at the Portrait Gallery in Wellington.

Until fairly recently all media were accepted for the award including  painting, drawing, photography and sculpture.

Inverlochy artist and tutor - Denise Durkin - decided  these criteria were a little bit restrictive!

"I began imagining an exhibition - Salon des Refuses - held simultaneously embracing portraits that were outside this narrow standard,either because of their media or the judging choices. With enthusiasm from friends I have set out to achieve this exhibition. Inverlochy’s supportive environment has made it possible this year and perhaps a by-annual event.

 If anyone is interested in exhibiting a portrait in any medium they should get in touch with Denise at  - [email protected] - or just drop the work into the art school (between 9-5pm weekdays)by this Thursday the 1rst of March.

Or just come to the opening on Friday the 2nd of March at the Art School between 5.30 - 7.30pm. The show runs in the gallery in the tea/coffee room until March 9th.



Portrait Gallery

 Dominion Post article on winner - Stephen Martyn Welch

Denise Durkin website


Have a look at Christine Porter's blog

Christine has reported back on her time teaching in New Zealand at our Summer School; have a look here

Master Class Exhibtion - OPT ART 2011

Master Class Exhibtion - OPT ART 2011

This exhibition opens this Friday (9th of December) from 6 pm - 8 pm at the Art School.

It features paintings produced by students taking the Master (or 'DEF') Class in 2011 with tutor Roberto Paulet.

The exhibition will be opened by guest speaker - Chris Parkin -  local arts guru and the owner of the Museum Hotel.

The artists exhibiting are -Mary McIntyre  - Bridget Lydon  - Jeanie Carson - Diana Bidwill -  Glynn Woodbury  - Sally Edmonds - Tina Smith -  Pauline Morum - Rieko Woodford-Robinson.

The work will be on display between the 9th and 16th of December and open between 10am-4pm daily.

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  • Master Class Exhibtion - OPT ART 2011

International Artist for Summer School

International Artist for Summer School

This years Summer School features Australian artist, painter and Printmaker Christine Porter. Christine is coming over to teach a printmaking course at this year's Summer School in week two. Called Just add Colour, Christine will show you the many ways to add colour to intaglio prints using new drypoint plates made at the Summer School or using your already existing etched plates. Christine is an acclaimed teacher and has been teaching for many years. Her own artwork appears in public, corporate and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. She has exhibited internationally and in 2007 she exhibited work in Edinbourgh in Scotland.

Christine is a painter, printmaker, teacher and Editioning Printer her website is

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  • International Artist for Summer School

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