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Darling Portrait Prize

Call For Entries

Entries to the 2024 Darling Portrait Prize are now closed.
Maria (detail), 2022 Sean Hutton
Maria (detail), 2022 Sean Hutton, Darling Portrait Prize 2022 Finalist

Entries are now closed. Finalists whose work is selected for display in the exhibition will be notified by the week commencing 18 March 2024. Good luck to all who entered!

The Darling Portrait Prize is a biennial prize for Australian portrait painting which honours the legacy of L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), founding patron of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.

Judges will be seeking the most compelling recent Australian portrait painting, whether they honour or push the genre, offer unexpected insights into well-known faces, or centre everyday people to explore the breadth of Australian identity.

The Gallery is committed to supporting artists involved in the Prize. Each selected finalist will receive:

  • an artist fee of $1,200
  • a copyright and image licensing fee of $1,000
  • domestic artwork freight allowance to and from the Gallery
  • domestic travel allowance and accommodation in Canberra for the exhibition launch.

In 2024, the winner will receive a cash prize of $75,000. All finalist artworks will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery from 22 June to 13 October 2024.

Judges

This year the prize will be judged by Bree Pickering, Director, National Portrait Gallery; Erin Vink, Curator First Nations Art (local and global), Art Gallery of New South Wales and Tara Heffernan, Art Historian and Critic.

Bree Pickering, Erin Vink (Photo: Anna Kucera), Tara Heffernan
DPP call for entries
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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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