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Brisbane Portrait Prize 2020

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Celebrating Contemporary Portraiture
The 2020 Brisbane Portrait Prize is back to celebrate Brisbane portrait artists and their sitters and encouraging public engagement with the arts. All artists with a connection to Brisbane are eligible to enter this prestigious competition with some major financial rewards.

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The Brisbane Portrait Prize has several Awards and categories on offer including:

The Lord Mayor's Prize - $50,000
All entries in the Brisbane Portrait Prize are eligible for the Lord Mayor's Prize with a substantial financial award of $50 000 for the winner. The Prize is presented by Brisbane City Council.

Accenture Digital Award - $10,000
The digital award is open to any digitally created still work, including photography and is supported by Accenture.

The Courier-Mail People's Choice Award - $7,500
The People's Choice Award is chosen by popular vote from all the finalists and is supported by The Courier-Mail.

Performing Arts and Music Award - $7,500
The Performing Arts and Music Award is open to portraits featuring sitters from the performing arts and music industries and is supported by the Lister Family Foundation.

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Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists - $5,000
The Sylvia Jones Prize is open to all individuals who identify as women and is supported by the Clem Jones Foundation.

Packers' Prize - $5,000

Just like the Archibald, there is also a Packers Prize chosen by the team who hang the 2020 finalists exhibition. This prize is supported by Howard Smith Wharves.

Emerging Artists Awards - $1,000 Voucher x 2
This will be given to two emerging artists and will be selected by the Board of the Brisbane Portrait Prize and supported by Oxlades.

You can enter as many times as you like but make sure you submit on time. Entries close Friday 16 August 2020. Given the COVID 19 restrictions, all 2020 entries will not be required to have a live sitting to enter the prize.

To see the works of some of our most talented artists up close, make sure you get along to the Brisbane Portrait Prize Finalists Exhibition which will be held at the Brisbane Powerhouse from September 30 until October 31, 2020 at Lamington Street, New Farm and entry is free.

For more information about the prize, visit
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Why? Celebrating Contemporary Portraiture
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
Cost: Free
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