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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:
Judge’s Choice: Overall winner of MELT Portrait Prize – $2000
People’s Choice – $1000
Highly Commended – Photography and digital – $500
Highly Commended – Painting and traditional mediums – $500
Highly Commended – Illustration and mixed media – $500
Conditions of Entry:
The subject of the work must represent a member of the LGBTIQ+ community and must have permitted for the submission and potential exhibition of the work in a public space. The exception to this rule is if the portrait depicts a famous or influential member of the LGBTIQ+ community who identifies within this community.
Artists of portraits can identify outside the LGBTIQ+ community; however, we do encourage those entrants within the community to submit their work.
Artworks can be of any medium including illustration, painting, photography, digital and sculpture.
If selected for the finalist exhibition, the works will be required at the venue from 10–14 May 2021, ready for the MELT Portrait Prize exhibition from 19 May 2021–13 June 2021. Artists will be responsible for covering the costs associated with preparing the work for the exhibition, including but not limited to freight, printing, framing, and fixing hanging points to the work.
The shortlisting process involving MELT Representatives and members of the LGBTIQ+ community will take into account excellence in artistic value and most striking portrayal of character. Other considerations may also include representation across the LBGTIQ+ Community, representation of different art forms and the limited space for the finalist exhibition.
The Judges Choice Prize and the Award of Excellence Prizes will involve a panel of three judges who will examine the works based on the following criteria:
The judges will review the works individually. The winner must have the consensus of all three judges. The winner of the Judge’s Choice will be announced on 20 May 2021.
The People’s Choice Prize will take place through a voting system located in the venue. The winner of this prize will be announced after the exhibition has closed.
Submissions Close Sun 28 Feb 2021.
Image: MELT Portrait Prize 2019 Judges Choice Winner: Dan Molloy: Silenced in the Shadows.
(This image has been cropped for the purpose of the website).