After five years of telling Brisbane stories and celebrating artists at Brisbane Powerhouse, the Brisbane Portrait Prize is moving to the home of storytelling in Queensland, State Library of Queensland.

This decision comes as the Brisbane Portrait Prize continues to grow, both in size and in status. The Finalists Exhibition will be held in the slq Gallery, which will showcase the artworks beautifully, in a welcoming and approachable environment.

Brisbane Portrait Prize chair Anna Reynolds said she is excited for what this opportunity will bring to the Prize in future years.

“We are delighted to be moving into the premier arts precinct in Brisbane, in the heart of South Bank at State Library of Queensland,” Ms Reynolds said.

“State Library collects and preserves Queensland’s cultural heritage, and we are excited to be collaborating with them to continue telling the stories of Brisbane artists and their sitters.

“Not only will this move allow us to provide a better art experience for the public, but it also highlights the growth of the Brisbane Portrait Prize and its evolution as a portraiture competition.

“The Brisbane Portrait Prize is proud to play a role in supporting the creative economy in this city, providing opportunity for artists, and telling the stories of Brisbane and its characters.”

State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer, Vicki McDonald AM, said State Library is thrilled to partner with the Brisbane Portrait Prize for the 2024 Finalist Exhibition.

“State Library understands how art elevates our lives and connects us as a community and this partnership builds on our commitment to artists and their work.

“Through our James C. Sourris AM collection of artist interviews and our Portrait of an Artist talks, we also give Queenslanders unique insights into the life and work of contemporary artists.

“Our extensive collections continue to provide inspiration and knowledge for artists all over the world.”

For the first time since its inception, the 2024 Brisbane Portrait Prize will run for a total of three months from Saturday 03 August until Sunday 10 November.

Entries for next year’s competition will open December 6, 2023, closing in May 2024.


Image: Smoko by Huon Kane