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Brisbane Portrait Prize 2019

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by Lizzie Higgins (subscribe)
A freelance writer, living in Brisbane.
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Who's who of Brisbane - in portrait
The wait is over! The 100 finalists of the first-ever Brisbane Portrait Prize have been revealed and are on display on the walls of the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm.

Brisbane Portrait Prize 2019
Brisbane Portrait Prize 2019 - Powerhouse Brisbane


There is a wide range of mediums, techniques and styles on display. A condition of entry was that the artist and sitter had to have a connection to Brisbane. The sitters include a who's who of the Brisbane performing arts scene, as there is a prize specifically for subjects from the Performing Arts and Music Industries.

Brisbane Portrait Prize 2019
Brisbane Portrait Prize 2019 - Powerhouse Brisbane


Subjects include Custard's Dave McCormack, the comedian Matt Okine, Katie Noonan figures a couple of times and of course, the Brisbane performing arts icons of Jamie Dunn and Agro are represented!

Brisbane Portrait Prize 2019
Brisbane Portrait Prize 2019 - Powerhouse Brisbane


Icons of Brisbane sport are also on show,

Brisbane Portrait Prize 2019
Darius Boyd by Edward Trost


as well as icons of fashion, such as Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson

Brisbane Portrait Prize 2019
Pamela Easton by Marisa Veerman


and one of my personal favourites, Ziggy.

Brisbane Portrait Prize 2019
Ziggy by Andy King


Lesser-known everyday Brisbanites are also subjects. Celebrated artists, including Michael Zavros, are competing with emerging artists for the prizes, totalling $80,000. Other categories include a Digital and People's Choice prize and a prize for Women artists. The overall prize is the Lord Mayor's Prize, supported by the Brisbane City Council. Prize winners will be announced October 10th.

The exhibition is free entry and runs till October 31st but try to get there before October 8th, so you can vote for the Courier-Mail People's Choice Award worth $7,500 for the winning artist.

There are also free guided tours of the exhibition running at 11.00am and 2.30pm each day, no booking required. Get along and support this inaugural award and important addition to the Brisbane art scene.
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Why? Check out the who's who of Brisbane
When: Mon 9am–5pm Tue–Sun 9am–9pm
Phone: 07 3358 8622
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
Cost: free
Your Comment
Thanks Lizzie -I must go to see these wonderful portraits.
by May Cross (score: 3|5382) 5 days ago
I wonder what happened to Ziggy - he always used to camp out in Toowong?!
by Elaine (score: 3|6661) 9 days ago
Thanks Lizzie - I will go along. Marina
by Marina Marangos (score: 2|728) 4 days ago
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