• 2018_MELT_PotraitPrize_CallOut_Image Credit_2017 Melt Portrait Prize winner_Lesley Turnbull
  • Alee Lee. Deadly Aunty Dawn (2018), oil
  • Amelia Dowd. Jai Leeworthy - artist and activist, photograph
  • Annelise Forster. Miles McKenna, oil
  • April Giblin. Hilary Green, mixed media
  • Charlotte Watson. For Your Consideration, photograph
  • Christopher R. Inwood. Heather Joan Day of the Blue Hour (FKA Mike Day), oil
  • Jacq Cronin. Nectali, mixed media
  • Joy McDonald. To marry or not to marry, Mixed media
  • Leonie Rhodes. Triple Axis Intersectional Skater (Intersectional whole, wall mounted ) 2018, mixed media
  • Louan Walker .#dadlife, mixed media
  • Margaux Kendall. Gary, Teddy Bear, photograph
  • Mark Salta. Oliver, oil on canvas
  • Michael Simms. Temporal, oil
  • Mikarla Teague. TAZ, Acrylic on canvas
  • Navin Regi. Adam Sharah at the people's pride party for all things queer in 2017, photograph
  • Nick Bleeker. Out the Blue, photograph
  • Snehargho Ghosh. Alec Reade, photograph
  • Timothy Woods. Bundaberg Baby, photograph
  • Zack Ahmed. BLACK GOLD PRINCE, photograph


MELT Portrait Prize

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

Now in its third year, the MELT Portrait Prize is an opportunity for visual artists across the globe to celebrate their heroes in the LGBTI+ Community.

The 2018 MELT Portrait Prize shortlisted artists are (in alphabetical order):
Zack Ahmed, Nick Bleeker, Jacq Cronin, Amelia Dowd, Annelise Forster, Snehargho Ghosh, April Giblin, Christopher R. Inwood, Margaux Kendall, Alee Lee, Joy McDonald, Navin Regi, Leonie Rhodes, Mark Salta, Michael Simms, Mikarla Teague, Louan Walker, Charlotte Watson and Timothy Woods.

The artworks each depict a portrait of a member of the global LGBTI+ community.

Judging the 2018 exhibition will be Senior Lecturer and Program Director of the Bachelor of Photography at Queensland College of Art Griffith University, Dr Heather Faulkner, Minister for Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, Hon Coralee O’Rourke, and creator of the blog Cultural Flanerie, Carrie McCarthy.

With a record number submissions, 19 artists were shortlisted to have their artwork on display as part of the MELT Portrait Prize exhibition and will be in the running to win the Judges Choice Award of $1000 cash, an accommodation package with The Johnson Art Series Hotel, and have their work displayed at The Johnson. All works are also eligible for the People’s Choice Award, with voting via Facebook between 14-28 May. VOTE HERE.

MELT Portrait Prize Judges Choice Award will be announced on Thursday 17 May, with a People’s Choice Award being judged via Facebook and announced Monday 28 May.

Don’t miss this wonderfully diverse exhibition immortalizing LGBTI+ heroes.

MELT thanks our 2018 partners – Queensland Government, Herbert Smith Freehills, Queensland AIDS Council, JCDecaux, The Johnson (Art Series Hotel Group) and QNews.


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MELT Portrait prize Judges

Dr Heather Faulkner

Dr Heather Faulkner is a documentary photographer and transmedia-storyteller whose work focuses on the synergistic themes of identity, place and belonging. In her twenty-year professional practice as a mainstream photojournalist, she has worked concurrently on addressing the histories and realities of marginalised queer communities around the world via documentary photography. Faulkner is a senior lecturer and Program Director of the Bachelor of Photography at QCA, Griffith University.

Hon Coralee O’Rourke

Coralee O’Rourke is a second term Minister and Member of Parliament. During her first term she got Queensland on track for the roll out of the NDIS, delivered Queensland: an age-Friendly Community Strategic Direction Statement and Action Plan and All Abilities Queensland: Opportunities for All and was the Minister Assisting the Premier in North Queensland. With her current portfolio her vision is for an inclusive Queensland where communities are vibrant with participation and input from all. She lives in Townsville with her husband Lewis and family and understands the challenges of working parents. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Education – Early Childhood from QUT.

Carrie McCarthy

Cultural Flanerie is the work of Australian writer Carrie McCarthy. Fed up with being told by my editors that no one wanted to read about the arts, I created a space entirely devoted to exactly that. I have loved, worked in and advocated for the arts my whole life. Cultural Flanerie allows me to wander the arts and give exposure and support to the best of what I see in a day, and occasionally have a whinge about things I think are bullshit.


About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm every day.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants; Bar Alto and Watt Restaurant + Bar. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

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