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About the award


The inaugural iD Digital Portraiture Award is an annual event intended to extend traditional notions of portraiture and reflects the National Portrait Gallery’s commitment to fostering emerging artists between the ages of 18 and 30 years old with an interest in contemporary technology. The iD Digital Portraiture Award specifically targets artists during the development of their practice and provides support and exposure when it is needed most.

With the generous support of Macquarie Group Foundation, the National Portrait Gallery is offering a $10,000 bursary to the artist judged to have made the most outstanding screen-based digital portrait. In addition to the generous bursary the artist will receive a residency at a leading Australian contemporary art space, media profile and exhibition opportunity at the National Portrait Gallery.

iD2012, an exhibition of the work of the scholarship awardee and selected finalists, will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery from 2 August – 28 October 2012.

The artist awarded the iD Digital Portraiture Award for 2012 will be given the opportunity to undertake an artist residency of up to four weeks at the Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts.

The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) is one of Australia's leading centres for the development and presentation of contemporary art. PICA's key aim is to promote, support and present contemporary arts and to stimulate critical discussion around the arts and broader cultural issues. In many aspects of its operations, PICA might be understood as an incubator: providing resources, mentoring and support for both emerging and mature artists whilst promoting new and emerging ideas, forms and practices to the broader community.