Portrait wins people's choice award

A PORTRAIT of a novelist has won the people's choice award today for the 2011 Archibald Prize during the exhibition of prize contestants at the Tweed River Art Gallery at Murwillumbah.

The same artwork was voted "people's choice" at earlier exhibitions for the art prize at both the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney and the Victorian venue of TarraWarra Museum of Art in Healesville, outside Melbourne.

A spokeswoman for Tweed Shire Council which runs the Tweed gallery yesterday said 4313 votes were cast in the local People's Choice Award which ran from early August to last Sunday.

The work that received the most public votes in the People's Choice Award at Tweed River Art Gallery was artist Adam Chang's portrait John Coetzee.

The painting depicts novelist John Coetzee.



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