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Past Judges

Chief Judges

Each year, an expert from across Australia’s art industry is engaged by the BPP Board to judge the annual Brisbane Portrait Prize. The Chief Judge is responsible for awarding the Lord Mayor’s Prize, the Digital Award, the Performing Arts and Music Award, and the Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists. 

2023

Suzanne Cotter 
Director
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

2022

Dr Lisa Slade
Assistant Director, Artistic Programs
Art Gallery of South Australia

2021

Karen Quinlan
Director
National Portrait Gallery Australia

2020

Nick Mitzevich
Director
National Gallery of Australia

2019

Chris Saines CNZM
Director
Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Finalist Judges

The Finalist Judges have the mammoth task of selecting the finalist pieces from the vast number of entries submitted to the Brisbane Portrait Prize. The finalists works are selected two external judges, in collaboration with the Chair of the BPP Board.

2023

Dr Holly Arden
Art educator, curator and author
Former Interim and Associate Director of UQ Art Museum

2023

Teho Ropeyarn
Curator
Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

2022

Jonathan McBurnie
Director
Rockhampton Museum of Art

2022

Prof. Cindy Shannon AM
Pro Vice Chancellor (Indigenous)
Griffith University

2021

Avril Quaill
Acting Head, Indigenous Engagement,
Queensland Museum Network

2021

Campbell Gray
Adjunct Professor
School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
The University of Queensland

2020

Claire Sourgnes
Chief Executive Officer
Artisan

2019

Vanessa Van Ooyen 
Gallery Director
QUT Art Museum and William Robinson Gallery
Queensland University of Technology