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766 wonderful entries received

Brisbane artists have once again embraced the Brisbane Portrait Prize, with a massive 766 entries received, representing a 15% increase on 2019.

With just under $90,000 in prize money on offer, many Brisbane artists, as well as some national and international identities, have entered work. They all have a link to Brisbane, which is a condition of entry.

“To say that we are pleased with the engagement from artists is an understatement“ said Director, Michelle Farquhar.

“We were not really sure what to expect this year, but very early on, the board took the decision to push forward with the Prize and continue supporting our local art scene. The quality of entries this year is, once again, outstanding and we can’t wait for the finalists exhibition at Brisbane Powerhouse this October” she said.

The Brisbane Portrait Prize allows artists to show their work and celebrate their subjects in our home town, whilst sharing the experience with others.

The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Award will give everyone the chance to vote for their favourite artwork, via the online Finalists’ Gallery. The overall winner of the Courier-Mail People’s Choice Award will win $7,500.

Categories include the $10,000 Digital Portraiture Award, sponsored by Accenture, the $5,000 Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists, supported by the Clem Jones Foundation, the $7,500 Performing Arts and Music Industries Award, supported by the Lister Family Foundation and the $5,000 Packers Prize, supported by Howard Smith Wharves.

Brand new for 2020, the Brisbane Portrait Prize has also introduced an Under 18 category to increase participation and provide support for young and aspiring artists. This category is supported by Gadens and offers a $2,000 prize.

All entries will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award, as well as the overall Prize, the $50,000 Lord Mayor’s Prize, supported by Brisbane City Council.

With a range of award-winning artists in the mix, and a number of high-profile sitters, Nick Mitzovich, Director at the National Gallery of Australia will have a tough time choosing the winner.

The Finalists’ Exhibition will be at Brisbane Powerhouse from September 30 – November 1st. Winners of the Brisbane Portrait Prize will be announced on the 6th of October.

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