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Showcasing the best in contemporary portraiture.

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2021 Entries Now Open
 
The Brisbane Portrait Prize is all about celebrating Brisbane portrait artists and their sitters, while encouraging public engagement with the arts. In 2021 the prize will once again consist of two key competitions:

The Main Competition – Entrants 18 and over
The Next Gen Prize – Entrants 18 and under 

Re-live the experience of the 2020 Brisbane Portrait Prize through our first virtual exhibition.

The virtual exhibition takes you into the very heart of Brisbane Powerhouse, where you can navigate your way around the exhibition, wander virtually around, come in close to works you like and read the didactics.
 

71 outstanding finalists in 2020.

In 2020 the overall quality of entries was outstanding and the judging board had an exceptionally difficult time choosing the finalists. However, they managed to narrow down the 672 entries from the main competition to just 71.

There are some well known Brisbane identities captured again this year, alongside many new faces – they are all have important stories to tell.
 

About the prize

The Brisbane Portrait Prize is all about celebrating Brisbane portrait artists and their sitters, while encouraging public engagement with the arts. 

Any artist with a connection to Brisbane is eligible to enter. The sitter must also have a connection with Brisbane. 

In 2021 $87,000 is available in prizes.