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Welcome to the 2024 Brisbane Portrait Prize – a cultural event showcasing the best in contemporary portraiture.

The Prize provides a platform for artists with a connection to Brisbane to tell rich and diverse stories about our city’s icons and unsung heroes. This year we’re excited to be opening a new chapter at the home of storytelling in Queensland, State Library of Queensland. 

Each year we recruit a team of passionate volunteers to help us run our Finalists Exhibition. Our volunteers are an enthusiastic group who make up an integral part of the Portrait Prize community. Volunteering at the Brisbane Portrait Prize is a great way to immerse yourself in the local creative community, make connections and share your passion for the Arts. 

Note: If you have entered the Portrait Prize you are still very welcome to volunteer with us. This will have no implications for your entry.

Key Details

This year we’re excited to be opening a new chapter at the home of storytelling in Queensland, State Library of Queensland. 

  • The 2024 finalists exhibition will run from Saturday 3 August – Sunday 10 November at the slq Gallery at State Library of Queensland
  • You can choose which month/s you’re available to volunteer with us
  • We ask that you commit to one shift per week for the month/s that you select
  • On weekdays there will be one 4 hour shift from 10am – 2pm
  • On weekends there will be one morning shift (9am – 1pm) and one afternoon shift (12-4)
  • Each shift will have at least two volunteers assigned to it
  • We will gather further information about your availability closer to the exhibition dates

What's Involved

  • Warmly greet visitors to the exhibition
  • Assist with general enquiries
  • Lead daily guided tours around the Exhibition
  • Learn about the portraits, artists and sitters so you can help visitors find unique pieces
  • Oh, and marvel at beautiful artwork of course!

Who are you?

You are a person who …

  • Has an interest in art and/or the events industry
  • Is confident and respectful while talking to strangers
  • Is reliable 
  • Is courteous, enthusiastic and curious – you won’t believe what an art aficionado you’ll be by the end of November!
  • Has an open mind
  • Is excited to be a part of this iconic cultural event

What's in it for you?

  • Our goal is for you to have a rewarding experience in an environment where you feel truly valued. Your time contributes to a not-for-profit project that shines a light on the importance of art, storytelling and local history
  • New skills and experiences in art, customer service, event management, and the behind-the-scenes operations of a public exhibition
  • Connections galore! We love the way that the public engages with the Portrait Prize…and you never know who you might meet!
  • An amazing team of like minded volunteers who really appreciate you and your contribution
  • A certificate of completion that you can add to your resume / CV