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Showcasing the best in contemporary portraiture.

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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.

Incredible talent from the Under 18s.

Brand new in 2020, the Brisbane Portrait Prize has introduced an Under 18 category to increase participation and provide support for young and aspiring artists.

94 entries were received which have been narrowed down to 4 finalists and 14 highly commended works.

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 2020 just under $90,000 was available in prizes.