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Major art prize returns

Entries are now open for the 2024 Hadley’s Orient Hotel’s Art Prize, with $100,000 on offer for the artist who can best portray the Australian landscape in the eyes of an expert judging panel.

The 2024 judging panel includes Tasmanian artist Neil Haddon, who won the prize in 2018, the National Gallery’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art curator Tina Baum and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia senior curator Jane Devery.

“I’m very much looking forward to seeing all of the entries,” Mr Haddon said.

“It’s great to be involved with the Hadley’s Art Prize, as it not only elevates individual artists but also plays a vital role in promoting and preserving a myriad of views about place and relationship with the Australian landscape.”

Hadley’s Art Prize curator Amy Jackett said it felt like a particularly special year to be holding the event during the hotel’s 190th anniversary.

“Hadley’s has a long history of supporting the arts. The hotel walls have displayed some incredible artwork over the years, particularly landscape paintings,” she said.

“Some of the early landlords in the nineteenth century were art collectors and the hotel hosted major exhibitions in the early twentieth century.

“Hadley’s is the ultimate art-lovers’ destination during the finalists’ exhibition and provides a wonderful opportunity to come and live with some of the finest landscape art in Australia.”

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