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The Lester Inc

The Lester Prize for Portraiture


The Lester Prize (formerly ARTrinsic Inc’s Black Swan Prize for Portraiture) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2007 and has grown to become one of the country’s richest prizes for portraiture.

Portraiture is the most accessible form of visual art. No matter the style in which it is rendered, the human likeness is something we can all relate to. It’s the one form of art we have all created at some point in our lives—there is something elemental in human nature that drives us to draw or paint the likenesses of people. We don’t have to be experts to enjoy portraiture and The Lester Prize (through the talent, dedication and hard work of our artists) are proud to provide Western Australia and the country with the opportunity to engage with the best of the artform in a format that puts both artists and community front-and-centre.

We are for the elevation of the artist but against vacuous celebrity; quality irrespective of style; insight over fashion. We aim to build reputations, not just venerate those who already have one and we need your help!

$50, $500 or $5000—every donation helps us provide the public opportunities to participate in arts and culture—to keep them mentally and physically active, and socially connected which is critical for healthy communities. Our programs use visual arts to help ensure all members of our society are valued and engaged. 

In 2019, we are fundraising for the production of our inaugural 2019 Lester Prize Exhibition Book. This high-quality publication will showcase this year’s collection of works and offer a rare insight into the artist’s practice and the subjects they portray.

As a not-for-profit organisation with DGR status your donation is 100% tax deductible. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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Contact Details

PO Box 1110

(08) 9432 5116

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Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.