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    Image by Joy McDonald, Portrait of me!

  • Image by Alee Lee, Aunty Dawn

    Image by Alee Lee, Aunty Dawn

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    Image by April Giblin, Hilary Green

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    Image by Snehargho Ghosh, Alec Reade

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    Image by Louan Walker, #dadlife


MELT Portrait Prize

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

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. 

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.

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

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 on performance days.

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. 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.

Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and Sofitel Brisbane