Brisbane Portrait Prize

Medium / category: Portraiture

Eligibility: Australian artists with a connection to Brisbane

Associated institution: Brisbane City Council

The Brisbane Portrait Prize is all about celebrating Brisbane portrait artists and their sitters, while encouraging public engagement with the arts. Any artist with a connection to Brisbane is eligible to enter. The sitter must also have a connection with Brisbane. All subjects must have been alive for a sitting and granted permission for the artist to enter the artwork into the Brisbane Portrait Prize.

Notable Previous Winners


  • Tara Bursic, I created the storm (self-portrait)

Winner: Emerging Artists Award

  • Stephen Tiernan, Taking the Lead

Winner: Performing Arts and Music Award

  • Pat Hoffie, Jennifer Herd – Warrior Woman #1

Winner: Sylvia Jones Award for Women Artists

  • Martina Clarke, Jonathan Sri – The Guardian of Highgate Hill Martina Clarke

Winner: People’s Choice Award

  • Leonard Brown, The Cypriot / Chris Gaynor

Winner: Highly Commended Artwork

  • Liam Nunan, Remy

Winner: Packers Prize

  • Darren McDonald, Like a Bridge

Winner: Lord Mayor’s Prize

  • Brianna Gittos, Self Portrait (I Stare at the Sun)

Winner: Emerging Artists Award

  • Bianca Beetson, Maid, Monsters of Men

Winner: Digital Award

  • Ting Jiang, Tongue Tied

Winner: Next Gen Prize

The Different Award Categories

The categories include the $50,000 lord Mayor’s Prize, the $10,000 Digital Award, the $7,500 Courier-Mail People’s Choice Award, the $7,500 Performing Arts and Music Award, the $5,000 Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists, the $5,000 Packer’s Prize, the $2,000 Next Gen Prize, the $1000 (voucher) Emerging Artists Award and the $900 Metro Arts Experimental Portraiture Prize.

Information up to date from June 14 2023