The annual search for Tasmania’s most talented emerging portraiture prize artist has been
given a ‘refresh’, with the new look 2013 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize
officially unveiled today.
RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers said the Tasmanian Portraiture Prize had undergone a
‘refresh’ to rejuvenate the brand and reflect the prize’s evolution since inception.
“This prize is unique, I’m not sure there’s anything like it elsewhere in the country,” Mr
“We needed a new vision that reflected the changing nature of the arts in Tasmania and the
current generation of talented Tasmanian artists.
“This new brand really highlights the purpose of the award, which is to inspire emerging
Tasmanian artists seeking to kick-start their professional careers.”
Now entering its sixth year, the Tasmanian Portraiture Prize was established to create a
platform for emerging Tasmanian artists to exhibit their talents, while also developing a
body of portraiture that reflects life in 21st century Tasmania.
Mr Sayers said the award aimed to foster the development of young Tasmanian artists and
create an opportunity for the public to show its appreciation for the work of some of our
State’s most talented individuals.
“Entrants are asked to paint a portrait of a Tasmanian who is important to them, along with
a statement explaining why and how this person has inspired their work,” he said.
“The winner will receive $5000 in prize money and a trip for two to the Archibald Prize
exhibition in Sydney, and this year we have also increased the 2nd prize from $500 to $2000
to assist with studio rent.
“This money could go a long way for an emerging artist, and we’re excited to see what this
year’s batch of entrants produce.”
Entries are now open for the 2013 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize, closing on
30 June, 2013. For more information, visit www.taspp.com.au.
RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers