A VIDEO entry has been named the winner of the 2012 Tasmanian Portraiture Prize. Three judges chose Studio Drag, by Laura Hindmarsh, as the winner of the annual awards at a ceremony in Hobart last night.

Studio Drag is a video representation of an artist struggling with her weighty desk and attempting to align her real-life studio to an image of a studio projected on the opposite wall.

The runner-up was former Glover Prize winner Josh Foley, of South Launceston, for his portrait of Raymond Arnold calling his dogs: Approaching Storm.

This is the fifth year of the portraiture award, which is open to Tasmanian artists aged under 30.

An exhibition of this year’s works will be on show at The Long Gallery, Salamanca, from today until September 22, before moving to the Sawtooth Gallery in Launceston from October 5 to 27, followed by a showing at the Devonport Regional Gallery from November 2 to 25.

Laura Hindmarsh’s video Studio Drag (detail) was named the winner of the 2012 Tasmanian Portraiture Prize last night.

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