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Melt Portrait Prize


The annual MELT Portrait Prize gives visual artists the creative license to celebrate heroes in the LGBTIQ+ community; whether it be a local icon or an internationally acclaimed personality. You can submit your works of art now!

Having developed a reputation for attracting exceptional works of art from across Australia, this highly anticipated portrait prize offers a Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice Prize.

The result, a stunning exhibition of shortlisted works exhibited throughout Brisbane Powerhouse, has previously featured a variety of mediums from painting to photography, drawing and digital illustration.

The Judge’s Choice recipient will be announced during the exhibition launch on IDAHOBIT Day, Friday 17 May. The People’s Choice recipient, chosen by onsite voting, will be announced at the end of MELT. The Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice winner will each receive $1000 in prize money.

Submissions close Monday 1 April 2019.

The subject of your portrait must be a member of the global LGBTIQ+ community – you as the artist do not necessarily have to identify as LGBTIQ+. All mediums that can be hung are encouraged. Once you have completed your artwork, submit here using the below form. Late or incomplete entries will not be considered.

Terms and conditions:

Shortlisted entries will be included in the MELT Portrait Prize exhibition, hung in Brisbane Powerhouse from approximately 13 May – 08 July including during MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture. 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 Mon 01 April 2019. Late or incomplete entries will not be considered.

For any enquiries, please email: [email protected]


Image Credit: 2018 MELT Portrait Prize, Judges Choice winner, Joy McDonald.

Melt Portrait Prize Submission form

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