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Prospect Portrait Prize 2019

Entries close Monday, 30 September 2019
More information and entry at Prospect Gallery

Prospect Portrait Prize Applications

The longest running Portrait Prize in South Australia. Prospect Gallery invites contemporary approaches to portraiture. We seek the artists’ unique interpretation of the subject.

Selection process

The 10th 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 on the 5 December 2019. Finalists will be selected on the artistic merit of work and conformation to conditions of entry. The selection panels decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  

The Prize 

The Prospect Portrait Prize is a non-acquisitive prize generously donated by Terry Howe Printing Services. Prizewinners will be chosen from those works selected for exhibition in the 10th Prospect Portrait Prize 2019.

  • First Prize - $5000

  • People’s Choice - $1000

  • Payinthi Award - $ 500


Independent judge Russell Kelty, Assistant Curator of Asian Art at Art Gallery of SA, has been invited to determine the entrant to be awarded the Prospect Portrait Prize.

City of Prospect Council staff and Elected Member votes will determine the recipient of the Payinthi Award.

Both the First Prize and the Payinthi Award will be announced at the opening of exhibition.

The People’s Choice Award, also generously donated by Terry Howe Printing Services, will be determined by public vote, and will be announced at the closing of the exhibition via social media.

Important dates

Applications open on Monday 8 July

Applications close on Monday 30 September

Artists advised of selection by Friday 25 October

Shortlisted artworks to arrive at Newmarch Gallery no later than Friday 29 November

Prospect Portrait Prize Exhibition Opening and Announcement of Prizewinners (except Peoples’ Choice Award) on Thursday 5 December

Official opening at 6pm on Thursday 5 December

Exhibition dates 5 December 2019 to 25 January 2020

Shortlisted artworks are to be collected from 27 to 31 January 2020

Earlier Event: 9 September
2019 Ruby Awards
Later Event: 19 September
Open Night: MAPS Film School