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We’re counting down to the official launch of the 2023 Brisbane Portrait Prize.
Entries for the 2023 prize will open on February 26, 2023. At this point we will release fill details including prizes, entry terms, entry forms and all other key information for artists and sitters.
Need some info sooner? Below you will find all the details from the 2022 prize to give you a general idea of what to expect.
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2022 Prize Summary

Lord Mayor’s Prize

Proudly presented by Brisbane City Council, all entries into the Brisbane Portrait Prize are eligible for the Lord Mayor’s Prize.

Accenture Digital Award
Supported by Accenture, any digitally created still work, including photography, is eligible for the Digital Prize.

Courier-Mail People’s Choice Award

Supported by The Courier-Mail, this award is chosen by popular vote from all the finalists.

Performing Arts and Music Award

Supported by the Lister Family Foundation, this award is open to portraits featuring sitters from the performing arts and music industries.

Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists

Supported by the Clem Jones Foundation, this award is open to all individuals who identify as women.

Packer’s Prize

Supported by Howard Smith Wharves, this award is chosen by the team who hang the 2022 finalists exhibition.

Next Gen Prize

Supported by Gadens, all entries into the Next Gen category (18 and under) are eligible for this prize.

Emerging Artists Award
2 x $1000 Vouchers

Supported by Oxlades, this will be given to two emerging artists and will be selected by the Board of the Brisbane Portrait Prize.

2022 Entry Eligibility

  • The artist and subject must be Australian residents from the date entries open until the date finalists are notified
  • The artist must be 18 years old or above at the time of entry
  • The artist and subject must have a connection with Brisbane
  • This connection must be outlined as part of the entry process
  • All subjects with a connection to Brisbane are welcome and admissible, including self-portraits.
  • The Brisbane Portrait Prize does encourage artists to consider producing portraits of people who have contributed to Brisbane
  • Directors, Officers and Employees of the Board are not eligible to enter (however volunteers are still eligible to enter)
  • All subjects must have been alive for a sitting and granted permission for the artist to enter the artwork into the Brisbane Portrait Prize

2022 Artwork Requirements

  • An original artwork, entirely completed and owned outright by the submitting artist

  • All artwork must be 2 dimensional

  • All artists must have the Subject’s consent to enter the artwork in the Competition, including ensuring they understand the artwork may be displayed to the public.

  • Portraits must have been completed within the 3 year period leading up to the Prize entry date

  • Artworks must not have won first prize in any other major portraiture competition

  • All artists must have done at least one in-person live sitting with their subject

Artwork must be:
  • A maximum size of 2m high by 2m wide, inc the frame
  • A maximum weight of 15 kg, inc the frame

  • Wall-mountable, including use of D Rings and hanging wire.

  • May be multi-panelled, but combined size must fit within the above restrictions.

  • Original and not infringe the copyright, moral rights or other rights of any third party.

Additionally, for Digital artworks:
  • The submitted portrait may be produced using photographic elements including traditional photographic methods. Manipulation of the image is welcomed, and this may be in the pre or post production of the image
  • Selection weight will be given to those entries that display a clear artistic and creative approach to the subject
  • All digital mediums are eligible, but must be presented in a 2D printed form that can be hung in display.
  • Videos and other forms of display requiring power cables are not eligible