Olive Cotton exhibition a ‘snapshot of our times’

The entries are in and the finalists have been announced in this year’s Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraits – on display now at the Tweed Regional Gallery, with the images being described as a snapshot of our times.

“Entrants have explored themes of masculinity, cultural diversity and immigration, transgender transformation, family and
mortality,” said the Award Coordinator, Anouk Beck.

“The portraits range from theatrically-posed tableaux to moments advantageously snatched.”


A total of 492 entries were received for the 2017 award, continuing a steady increase in submissions for the Gallery’s biennial competition. The 72 finalists, on exhibition at Tweed Regional Gallery until Sunday 8 October, are vying for a prize worth $20,000 prize.


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Dr Lakin, the National Gallery of Australia’s Senior Curator Photography, noted that the amount of photos we take in our modern world – particularly selfies – has “had a huge impact, not just on the social practice of photographic portraiture but on its form.”

“Think, for example, about the way that the digital selfie phenomenon has produced a new portrait pose, one that views the
face from above and highlights forehead, raised eyebrow and pouty lips.

For further information, visit http://artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au or phone the Gallery on (02) 6670 2790.
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm