Young Tasmanians are being urged to put the finishing touches on their portraits, with entries set to
close in just two weeks’ time for the 2017 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize (TPP) on
Friday 30, June.
In a major milestone for Tasmania’s premier portraiture competition, this year RACT Insurance
(RACTI) is launching the 10th annual Tasmanian Portraiture Prize (TPP).
Since the awards inception in 2007, 569 Tasmanian artists have entered the competition, with many
identifying the awards as the kickstarter to a successful career in the arts.
RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers said his organisation was thrilled to support an event directly
responsible for helping emerging artists in establishing their careers.
“Portraits can be submitted in any medium, with last year’s broad selection of entries spanning
photographs, videos, acrylics, graphite drawings and watercolours,” Mr Sayers said.
“All we ask is that people aged under 30 get creative and artistically record a portrait of a living
Tasmanian and provide a statement explaining why and how this person inspired their piece.
“The TPP is strongly supported in the Tasmanian community, with entrants from all corners of the
state and large numbers attending the exhibitions in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart every year.”
This year’s judging panel will be made up of artist, art teacher and gallery owner, Betty Nolan,
Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Angus Trumble and 2016 RACTI TPP winner, Caleb Clifford.
The winner of the 2017 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize will receive $5,000 and a trip for
two to the Archibald Prize exhibition in Sydney.
The 2017 winners will be announced at the RACT Insurance TPP opening night at Hobart’s Long
Gallery on Friday, 1st September 2017.
Following the announcement, the artworks of all the shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the Long
Gallery (Saturday, 2 September – Saturday, 16 September) before the exhibition moves to
Launceston’s Sawtooth ARI Gallery (Saturday, 6 October – Sunday, 28 October) and then onto the
Devonport Regional Gallery (Saturday, 4 November – Sunday, 3 December).
RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers