Call for entries – Digital Portraiture Award

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The National Portrait Gallery has opened the Call for Entries for the annual Digital Portraiture Award, where an artist will win $10,000 cash and an artistic residency valued at $10,000 with The Edge.

Now in its fifth year, the Award seeks to extend the traditional notion of portraiture to the digital realm and encourages creative thinking.

‘In a world dominated by Google, Facebook and Twitter – where the adage ‘you are what you eat’ has become ‘you are what you tweet’ – data is a conduit of identity,’ said Gill Raymond, Online Manager at the Portrait Gallery.

‘The Portrait Gallery has always been interested in exploring the possibilities of portraiture and, while digital art as a medium has been around for decades, the genre of portraiture in this space is still evolving.

‘The Digital Portraiture Award is a unique opportunity for digital artists to help us define what portraiture looks like in the digital age.’

In 2016 the Award is moving in an exciting new direction. The Portrait Gallery is now offering one award category open to all entrants over the age of 18 consisting of $10,000 cash and an artistic residency valued at $10,000 with The Edge, at the State Library of Queensland, one of Australia’s leading centres for the development of contemporary art across digital technologies.

The Digital Portraiture Award highlights the Gallery’s commitment to screen-based narratives and digital technology. The highest quality works addressing identity and portraiture will be selected for exhibition and displayed in National Portrait Gallery from 2 December 2016.

The work of the Award finalists will also be available on the Portrait Gallery website extending the outreach potential of digital art to regional Australia and reinforcing the Gallery’s commitment to young and emerging artists.

The Digital Portraiture Award 2016 will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery from 2 December 2016 to 9 April 2017.

Call for Entries closes 30 September 2016. More information on how to enter and examples of past finalists can be found here:


2015 Winner: Isabelle de Kleine

Isabelle joined The Edge on a six week residency in early 2016. To find out about her artistic practice and what she got up to at The Edge, check out this blog post and short video: Isabelle de Kleine: The beauty of psychological mis-interpretation

You can also learn more about Isabelle, through her Facebook page.

Image credit: Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2016. Photo by Gareth Sobey via Broadsheet


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