COVID-19 Update

Continuing the 2020 prize               

After many discussions, we are proud to confirm the Brisbane Portrait Prize will continue in 2020.

Now, more than ever, we need artists. We need them to help us understand the world, celebrate our heroes, and to broaden our thinking.

Changes to entry requirements              

We are also pleased to announce that we are making it easier to enter the prize.


Taking into consideration the Federal Government's social distancing requirements, all 2020 entries will not be required to have a live sitting to enter the prize.

You must, however, still have the Subject's consent to enter the artwork in the Competition, including ensuring they understand the artwork may be displayed to the public.  Your artwork may be a self-portrait.

Finalists Exhibition

At this stage, we are also still hopeful that it will be safe to hold a Finalists Exhibition. However, if this is not the case, we will look to display the Finalists' artworks digitally. 

Live Events

Based on current social distancing requirements, all live events, which were due to run in the lead up to the Brisbane Portrait Prize, have been cancelled. 

A decision on live events due to run in October will be made closer to the time.

Supporting the Brisbane Portrait Prize              

We acknowledge that these are certainly trying times for many people. However, if you are in a position to invest in the future of the Brisbane Portrait Prize, we encourage you to support us with a tax-deductible donation.

Full donation details can be found here.

A final thought              

We will continue to work with artists and the public to encourage digital dialogue and engagement around the arts, portraiture, and the sitters. All are worth celebrating. Especially now.

If you have any ideas, questions or wish to contribute to the evolution of the 2020 Brisbane Portrait Prize, please drop us a line on

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