Moran Art Prizes announces People’s Choice

Louise Hearman - Bill_editorialArtist Louise Hearman and photographer Peta-Anne North have been announced by the Moran Arts Foundation as the winners of the People’s Choice Awards in the 2014 Moran Art Prizes.

Louise’s stunning portrait of fellow artist Bill Henson was also awarded the 2014 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, announced in October. Peta-Anne North’s photograph Summer Shadows was a run away winner in the People’s Choice Award for photography.

All finalists in the 2014 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize have been on exhibition at Sydney’s historic Juniper Hall since October and were eligible for the People’s Choice Awards. Every visitor to the exhibition was invited to vote in the Awards, with voting closing on Friday 30 January.

Commenting on winning the second Moran Art Prize award for her stunning diptych, Louise Hearman said: “Winning this Moran prize has given me such a huge lift … and being voted people’s choice has touched me deeply.”

Photographer Peta-Anne North said: “The Moran Art Prizes give artists a lot of scope to depict Australian life. It’s the only competition I ever enter! In addition, the Moran Art Foundation does a lot to support young and Indigenous Australians.”

The Moran Prizes Exhibition showcases works by some of Australia’s finest artists and photographers, and is currently on display at Juniper Hall, 250 Oxford Street, Paddington until Sunday 15 February before moving to the Blacktown Arts Centre from Thursday 26 February.

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Image: Louise Hearman, Bill Henson 2014