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9th Prospect Portrait Prize

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We're looking for contemporary approaches to portraiture

Since its inception in 1999, the biennial Portrait Prize has been a key feature of City of Prospect’s arts calendar. This year, the Prospect Arts Action Network (PAAN) is seeking entries from artists with a fresh approach to portraiture, who want to challenge and inspire the viewer.

We seek the artists’ unique interpretation of the subject, revealing aspects of the subject, human or animal.

Selection process

The 9th Prospect Portrait Prize is a juried exhibition. Members of the Prospect Arts Action Network (PAAN) will assess and select the finalists for the exhibition which opens 26 November 2017. Finalists will be selected on the artistic merit of work, and conformation to conditions of entry. The selection panel will consider the work in relation to presenting a cohesive Prospect Gallery exhibition.

The Prize

The Prospect Portrait Prize is a non-acquisitive prize generously donated by Terry Howe Printing. Prize winners will be chosen from those works selected for exhibition in the 9th Prospect Portrait Prize 2017.

  • First Prize             $5,000
  • Packers’ Prize        $500
  • People’s Choice     $1,000

Liz Nowell, CEO of ACE Open, has been invited to be our Independent judge, and will determine the First Prize entry. Packers’ Prize will be determined by City of Prospect Council staff and Elected Member votes. First prize and Packers’ Pick to be announced at opening of exhibition in November 2017.

People’s Choice will be determined by public vote, and announced at the closing of exhibition in January 2018.

Works from artists across Australia are welcome and all submissions must be received by 29 September 2017.

For more information, contact Emma Fry on or call 08 8342 8175.

Important dates to remember

  • Applications close Friday 29 September 2017
  • Artists advised of selection by Friday 20 October 2017
  • Prospect Portrait Prize Exhibition Opening and Announcement of Prizewinners on Sunday 26 November 2017
  • Exhibition dates 26 November 2017 - 21 January 2018

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