Created to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTI+ Community, the MELT Portrait Prize is an opportunity for Visual Arts across the globe to celebrate their heroes in the LGBTI+ Community.
During MELT a selection of shortlisted artworks submitted by artists from Brisbane and beyond will be exhibited in the annual MELT Portrait Prize, with the overall winner to be announced in the second week of the exhibition.
Be sure to vote in the Facebook People’s Choice Award during MELT.
2017 MELT PORTRAIT PRIZE JUDGING PANEL
Hillary Green is a photographer and visual storyteller currently based in Brisbane. She completed a Bachelor of Photography with First Class Honours at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane majoring in Photographic Art Practice. Ideas of selfhood, representation and performance have been a continuing interest in her photographic practice. Her subjects have included a cast of circus and drag artists, whose characters lend themselves to hyperbolic versions of self-representation. In her more recent work Green takes to centre stage, performing as both author and subject. Hillary was a finalist in the 2011 Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards, 2013/14 GAS Graduate Art Show, GUAG and the 2014 Josephine Ulrick Win Schubert Photography Awards. Her work is part of the Daryl Hewson Photographic Collection along with the Museum of Brisbane.
Henri Van Noordenburg
Henri van Noordenburg was born in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. Moving to Australia in 1991, he completed a Visual Arts and a Creative Writing degree at Griffith University from 1994 until 1999, followed by his Master’s degree in Photography and Theatre at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) 2003 -2005. From 2008 till 2016 he was lecturer in Photography at QUT and QUT International, and was a Board Member at the Queensland Centre for Photography. Currently, he is the Project Officer Regional Services Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art and is also a practicing artist. His work is part of several collections, including the Wallis Annenberg at Los Angeles County Museum of Arts LACMA, Daryl Hewson Collection, Queensland Centre for Photography as well as several private collections (Australia, USA and Europe).
Jennifer Howard, Assistant Minister Of State Assisting The Premier
Jennifer Howard was elected the Member for Ipswich on 31st January 2015. She was appointed Chair of the Agriculture and Environment Parliamentary Committee by the Premier in March 2015. In 2005, Jennifer played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Ipswich Women’s Development Network, a not-for-profit organisation which provides an annual scholarship to a local female student at the former UQ Ipswich campus. Jennifer is also a member of the Zonta Club of Ipswich and, until November 2015, was a member of the National Executive of the Australian Labor Party. Jennifer has a passion for the Arts and for yoga.
2017 MELT Portrait Prize Winners
1st prize, MELT Portrait Prize Judge’s Award: Lesley Turnbull with Throw Like a Girl: The Tomboy Project
Tomboy n. a girl who enjoys rough, noisy activities traditionally associated with boys, a girl who behaves like a spirited or boisterous boy
The English Oxford Dictionary 
The Tomboy Project investigates the concept of the Tomboy and its under-representation, post-adolescence in contemporary art photography, film and popular western culture. Popular western culture represents largely stable notions of a determined gender identity that positions the tomboy identity as tolerable, but only during childhood. The artist’s has widened the focus to include explorations of the tomboy identity from childhood and adolescence into adulthood and old age.
The Tomboy Project is a series of portraits of self-identified Tomboys that seeks to reposition her beyond girlhood drawing attention to the adult Tomboy’s marginalised identity.
1st prize, MELT Portrait Prize People’s Choice Aware: Kenn Santos with Pretty Hurts
Behind the colourful facade of rainbow flags and glitter bombs lies a sombre history filled with pain and anguish. This artwork featuring Brisbane’s Miss Poodle symbolises both the triumphs and the struggles that the LGBTI+ community has faced through the decades and how together, it creates a bittersweet representation of this ongoing battle for equality and freedom. The life we lead as members of the LGBTI+ community is far from easy, with recent global events proving that bigotry and hatred are just looming around every corner. However, if anything, we are a family full of strength, optimism, and resilience. The happiness and bond we share, along with our straight allies, help us lift each other up and make all the hurtful things worth it.