For Artists

Melt Portrait Prize



Created to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTIQ community, the MELT Portrait Prize returns in 2017 as an opportunity for visual artists to celebrate their heroes and document figures in the community.

During MELT a selection of shortlisted artworks of the LGBTI+ community submitted by artists from Brisbane and beyond will be exhibited in the second annual MELT Portrait Prize with one overall winner.

A selection of shortlisted artworks will be displayed at the Brisbane Powerhouse during MELT– Wed 25 January–Sun 05 February, 2017.  Shortlisted artworks will be visible to the public Mon 9am–5pm and Tue–Sun 9am–9pm between the specified dates.

Submissions have now closed.

The subject of your portrait must be a member of the global LGBTI+ community – you as the artist do not necessarily have to identify as LGBTI+. All mediums that can be hung are encouraged.

There are two cash prizes this year– $1000 for the adjudicator’s choice, and $1000 for the People’s Choice Awards (voted via Facebook).

Once you have completed your artwork, submit here using the below form,

Late or incomplete entries will not be considered.

Terms and conditions

Short listed entries will be included in the MELT Portrait Prize exhibition, hung in Brisbane Powerhouse during the MELT Festival.  Please provide the height x width of the submission– artworks greater than A0 won’t be accepted. Submitting an entry means you confirm that the artwork is an original work created by yourself. It is also confirmation that the subject has agreed upon their artistic portrayal in your work. Entries need to be received by Fri 09 December. Late or incomplete entries will not be considered

Image by Atong Atem

Melt Portrait Prize Submission form

  • Height x width. Artworks greater than A0 won't be accepted. For video, provide duration.
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, gif, png, pdf.
    Please send through a high resolution image of your chosen artwork. Artworks can be video or picture mediums.