Art prize winners to be revealed

THE Bendigo Bank Andrew Fisher Portrait Prize winners will be announced at a gala event next Friday at the Gympie Regional Gallery from 6pm.

And to add even more spark to the party, the evening will also celebrate the 18th birthday of the Gympie Regional Gallery.

Everyone is welcome to come and share the birthday cake.

The Gympie Regional Gallery will be exhibiting all the portraits entered in the Bendigo Bank Andrew Fisher Portrait Prize 2016 from February 23.

The Bendigo Bank Andrew Fisher Portrait Prize is a competition in the manner of the famous Archibald Prize and has over $8250 in prize money, including $5000 for the winning portrait.

The competition is open to all Queensland artists.

The Bendigo Bank Andrew Fisher Portrait Prize also features a Packers' Prize selected by the Friends of the Gympie Regional Gallery Tuesday Art Group.

The exhibition of the portraits will run from February 23 until April 2.