The selected artists will compete for a $50,000 prize and will create their portrait in response to the theme ‘becoming.’
The competition will be curated by former Deputy Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra Michael Desmond, who said that ‘becoming’ was an interesting challenge for self-portraiture.
“In modern life our focus is constantly drawn to the future, but the self-portrait tends to preserve the present—a moment in time—seconds in the case of photography,” he said.
“For artists, linking the idea of ‘becoming’ with the process of self-portraiture can help summarise visually their own movement, change, aging and development, which can often be difficult to capture otherwise.”
The 2015 prize will be judged by Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)’s Curatorial Manager of Australian Art, Jason Smi…