L to R: National Portrait Gallery of Australia Director Angus Trumble with 2017 Tasmanian Portraiture Prize winner Laura Gillam and RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers.

RACT Insurance is marking the launch of the 2018 Tasmanian Portraiture Prize with an increased commitment and incentive for young Tasmanian artists to enter the prize, with the doubling of the annual prize money for the major winner to $10,000.

The RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize (TPP) invites Tasmanian artists aged 30 and under to produce a portrait of a living Tasmanian who is important to them.

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers said his organisation was thrilled to launch the 2018 RACT Insurance TPP and to continue to help foster the creative talent of so many young Tasmanians.

“This year we are also pleased to announce the doubling of the prize money for the overall winner which will now be $10,000, as evidence of our commitment to supporting the local arts community.

“At RACT Insurance we feel that it is important to do everything within our power to create opportunities for our youth to thrive within their chosen industry.

“It’s incredible to see the diversity of both the mediums used to create the portraits as well as the Tasmanian subjects who are important to our young artistic community, and we can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for the TPP.”

Entries are now open for the 2018 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize, closing on Tuesday, 31 July 2018, with the shortlisted artists to be announced at the end of August.
The winner of the 2018 RACT Insurance TPP will receive $10,000 and a trip for two to the Archibald Prize in Sydney.

The 2018 winners will be announced at the RACT Insurance TPP opening night on Wednesday, 3 October 2018 at the Long Gallery in Hobart.

Following the winners announcement, the artworks of all the shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the Long Gallery before the exhibition moves to Launceston’s Sawtooth ARI Gallery (Saturday, 3 November – Saturday, 24 November) and then move on to the Makers’ Workshop in Burnie (Friday, 30 November – Sunday, 20 January).

For more information visit and like the RACT Insurance TPP page on Facebook.