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​The quality of entries for the Carol Duval Memorial Award for Painting was such that the judges could not decide on a sole winner, instead choosing dual winners in Cheridan Chard and Peter Gallagher.


Describing herself as a “late bloomer”, Cheridan Chard chose photography as her medium for her foray into the art world in 2009 before applying to the Newcastle Art School in 2016, when she branched out into painting and sculpture.

Fellow winner, Peter Gallagher, admits he has learnt a lot since commencing at Newcastle Art School.  He is pleased with his achievements to date and has been successful in student exhibitions, selling five of his works. 
It was the eleventh year the scholarship, presented by the Hunter TAFE Foundation, was granted after the prestigious art prize was established in 2005 in memory of former Newcastle Art School Fine Arts teacher, Carol Duval. Ms Duval was well-known for her passion for teaching and her love of painting.
The Hunter TAFE Foundation would like to thank the Duval family for their continued and generous support of Hunter TAFE Fine Art students and the Newcastle Art School.