The Art of Familiar Faces | Dandenong Star Diary

The faces and people of Greater Dandenong are the focus of a national portrait competition.

Artists across Australia are invited to submit portraits in any medium for the ‘Seen’ exhibition and competition, organized by the City of Greater Dandenong Council.

Subjects must live, work or study in Greater Dandenong.

Mayor of Greater Dandenong, Jim Memeti, said the exhibition and associated awards were a great way to meaningfully support artists.

“The Vu portrait competition and upcoming exhibition is particularly important given that the creative arts have been one of the industries hardest hit by Covid-19.

“Seen will showcase the range of people who make up our culturally diverse community and will continue to showcase Greater Dandenong as a major player in the creative sector.

“We thank our generous event sponsors Zart Art, the Drum Theater and the Star News Group.”

All submissions are judged by a panel of industry professionals, with a $4,000 cash prize awarded to the Open winner.

The winners from secondary and primary schools, as well as their schools, receive art material packs. Student prices also include a gift certificate for a performance at the Drum Theatre.

The winner of the audience award receives art materials, a drum theater voucher and the opportunity to exhibit in a public exhibition space in Greater Dandenong.

The Seen exhibition will take place at the Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, corner of Walker and Robinson Streets, Dandenong, from Tuesday 5 April to Friday 17 June.

The contest is free. Up to two portrait works may be submitted.

Complete an online entry form at by 3pm on Friday 11 March.

To inquire, email [email protected] or call 9706 8441.


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