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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 both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2015

Previous exhibition from Friday 28 August 2015 until Monday 25 April 2016
The Wandering Jew Ilya Milstein, b. 1990, Victoria
Video: 3:32

This exhibition of outstanding finalist works, including two award winners, supports artists working with screen-based technology and cultivates digital portraiture as an evolving art form.

With the generous support of Macquarie Group Foundation, we are offering two awards. A cash prize of $10,000 enables an artist aged 18 and over to grow their practice. A residency at The Edge, State Library of Queensland, enables an artist aged 18 to 30 to participate in a community exploring creativity across art, science, technology and enterprise.

The winner of the cash prize for the Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award for 2015 is Ilya Milstein; Isabelle de Kleine has been awarded the residency.

Untitled Isabelle De Kleine, b. 1994, Victoria
Video: 5:07

Rigorous visual form and careful consideration of soundscape and duration characterise the six finalist artworks. Their beauty and precision strongly impressed the judges Karen Vickery (National Portrait Gallery), Anne O’Hehir (National Gallery of Australia), Nell (artist) and Dr Christopher Chapman (National Portrait Gallery).

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Lost Love – Waiting for midnight at the Long Distance Call Building on Chang-an Jie so I can call her, Beijing 1998, 2014 video: 2 minutes
Lost Love – Waiting for midnight at the Long Distance Call Building on Chang-an Jie so I can call her, Beijing 1998, 2014 video: 2 minutes
Lost Love – Waiting for midnight at the Long Distance Call Building on Chang-an Jie so I can call her, Beijing 1998, 2014 video: 2 minutes
Lost Love – Waiting for midnight at the Long Distance Call Building on Chang-an Jie so I can call her, Beijing 1998, 2014 video: 2 minutes

Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2014

Previous exhibition, 2014

The Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award is an annual event to extend traditional notions of portraiture and foster emerging artists with an interest in contemporary technology.

The Rays, 1970 
Raindance Corporation, Frank Gillette, Michael Shamberg, Paul Ryan
The Rays, 1970 
Raindance Corporation, Frank Gillette, Michael Shamberg, Paul Ryan
The Rays, 1970 
Raindance Corporation, Frank Gillette, Michael Shamberg, Paul Ryan
The Rays, 1970 
Raindance Corporation, Frank Gillette, Michael Shamberg, Paul Ryan

Post digital

Magazine article by Tegan Mcauley, 2015

Tegan McAuley looks at the evolution of video portraiture.

Charles, 2015 video: 7 minutes
Charles, 2015 video: 7 minutes
Charles, 2015 video: 7 minutes
Charles, 2015 video: 7 minutes

Digital Portraiture Award 2016

Previous exhibition, 2016

An annual event to extend traditional notions of portraiture and foster emerging artists with an interest in new technology.

Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer
Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer
Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer
Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer

Sideshow Alley

Infamy, the macabre & the portrait

Previous exhibition, 2015

Death masks, post-mortem drawings and other spooky and disquieting portraits... Come and see how portraits of infamous Australians were used in the 19th century.

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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 both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.