LACHLAN PETRAS was awarded the Dr Harold Schenberg Art Prize at the 2012 National Graduate Show at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) on Saturday 21 April.  

The graduate exhibition, entitled Hatched, was a showcase of 36 emerging artists selected from art schools across Australia.

Lachlan's piece, Aggregate, which combines sculpture, drawing and video, caught the attention of the selection panel and was awarded the country's major graduate art prize - the $35,000 Dr Harold Schenberg Art Prize.

Now in its third year, The prize is recognised as career-changing for emerging Australian artists, providing the winner with an excellent spring board from which to launch a professional career.