The Percivals

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Percival Portrait Painting Prize

Jenny Rodgerson, <i>Balancing in the big red coat, 2017</i>, oil on linen, 180 x 150 cm. Winner of the acquisitive <i>Percival Portrait Painting Prize 2018</i>, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville. City of Townsville Art Collection.

The biennial Percival Portrait Painting Prize is North Queensland’s own portrait competition.

Having begun in 2007, The Percivals is an open competition for artists. While showcasing the outstanding and innovative work currently being produced by Australian artists, the competition has also given many emerging artists an opportunity to engage with portraiture and share their expressions of themselves and those close to them.

The exhibition will be held at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.

Key Dates

  • Applications close: Monday 2 March 2020
  • Artists advised of selection: Friday 27 March 2020
  • Exhibition Dates: Friday 22 May – Sunday 19 July 2020
  • Collection of Artworks: Monday 20 - Tuesday 21 July 2020

Applications

Entries now closed.

Award Categories

Percival Portrait Painting Prize: $40,000 (acquisitive)

People’s Choice Award: $1,500

Image: Jenny Rodgerson, Balancing in the big red coat, 2017, oil on linen, 180 x 150 cm.
Winner of the acquisitive Percival Portrait Painting Prize 2018, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville. City of Townsville Art Collection.

Percival Photographic Portrait Prize

Kellie Leczinska, <i>Mbathio, Marrickville</i> [detail], 2017, inkjet print on archival rag platine, 125 x 93 cm. Winner of the acquisitive <i>Percival Photographic Portrait Prize 2018</i>, Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville. City of Townsville Art Collection.The Percival Photographic Portrait Prize returns for the fourth instalment since it first debuted in 2014. For the 2020 edition of this biennial event, things will be shaken up with the exhibition to be held at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.

Key Dates

  • Applications close: Monday 2 March 2020
  • Artists advised of selection: Friday 27 March 2020
  • Exhibition Dates: Friday 22 May – Sunday 19 July 2020
  • Collection of Artworks: Monday 20 - Tuesday 21 July 2020

Applications

Entries now closed.

Award Categories

Percival Photographic Portrait Prize: $10,000 (acquisitive)

People’s Choice Award: $1,500

Image: Kellie Leczinska, Mbathio, Marrickville [detail], 2017, inkjet print on archival rag platine, 125 x 93 cm.
Winner of the acquisitive Percival Photographic Portrait Prize 2018,  Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville. City of Townsville Art Collection.

Percival Animal Portrait Prize

Elissa Sampson, <i>Unconditional, 2016</i>, graphite and charcoal on paper, 40 x 30 cm. Winner of the </i>Percival Animal Portrait Prize 2018</i>, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville.The Percival Animal Portrait Prize is coordinated and awarded by Townsville City Galleries, coinciding with the Percival Painting Portrait Prize and the Percival Photographic Portrait Prize.

The exhibition will be held at a to-be-confirmed venue.

Key Dates

  • Applications close: Monday 2 March 2020
  • Artists advised of selection: Monday 23 March 2020
  • Exhibition Dates: Friday 22 May – Sunday 19 July 2020
  • Collection of Artworks: Monday 20 - Tuesday 21 July 2020

Applications

Entries now closed.

Award Categories

Percival Animal Portrait Prize: $1,000

Image: Elissa Sampson, Unconditional, 2016, graphite and charcoal on paper, 40 x 30 cm.
Winner of the Percival Animal Portrait Prize 2018, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville.

Judges & Selection Panel Members

Percival Portrait Painting Prize

Judge

Julie Fragar
Artist & Head of Painting, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

Julie Fragar is an Australian artist whose work focuses on painting and auto/biography. Fragar completed a Bachelor and Master of Visual Arts at the Sydney College of Art, University of Sydney (1995-2001) and a PhD at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (2013) where she is currently Head of Painting.

She has exhibited widely across Australia including exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and was recently included in The National: New Australian Art at Carriageworks, Sydney. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections and is represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.

Selection Panel Member

Tracey Heathwood
Artist & Director, Artspace Mackay, Mackay Regional Council

Tracey Heathwood has worked in the regional arts sector in Queensland for more than twenty years, including positions with Flying Arts Inc., Artspace Mackay, Crossroad Arts Inc., and Mackay Regional Council. Her appointment as Director of Artspace Mackay sees her return to regional galleries after working as a freelance curator, project manager, and arts consultant.

In her role as Artspace Mackay Gallery Director, Heathwood leads a team of professional gallery staff in providing a high-quality community facility, an inspirational exhibition program, a growing, relevant art collection, and engaging public programs.

Heathwood holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art and is a practicing printmaker.

Selection Panel Member

Eric Nash
Artist & Director, Benalla Art Gallery

Eric Nash is an arts professional, artist, writer, and curator, with qualifications in Visual Art (Majoring in Painting), Arts Administration and Management, and a wealth of experience in the gallery sector.

Appointed in 2019 to lead the Benalla Art Gallery - a cultural and architectural icon of northeast Victoria since it opened in 1975, with a significant Collection spanning three centuries of Australian art – Nash was previously the General Manager for the country's leading lens-based media gallery, the Centre for Contemporary Photography. He has also developed training programs for Victorian galleries' peak body, the Public Galleries Association of Victoria, and has strong ties with Townsville having worked for Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Pinnacles Gallery for nine years, including as Curator from 2013 to 2016.

Selection Panel Member

Katherine Edney
Artist & Archibald 2019 Finalist

Katherine Edney, who lives and works in Sydney, graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales in 2008. She was a finalist in the 2019 Archibald Prize, the exhibition of which is currently travelling Australia. Edney was also a finalist in the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2012 and 2011, the Portia Geach Memorial Art Award in 2014, 2013 and 2012, the Kilgour Prize in 2016, and the RAW Art Prize in 2019, and 2018.

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Percival Photographic Portrait Prize

Judge

Michael Marzik
Photographer & Arts industry professional

Michael Marzik is an Austrian freelance photographer, born in Switzerland, and now based in Cairns, Australia.

After arriving in Cairns, he worked from 1994 - 2009 as Artist in Residence at the Tanks Arts Centre, Exhibitions Manager/Deputy Director at the Cairns Art Gallery, Exhibition Designer at the Museum of Brisbane, and Museum Development Officer for Queensland Museum in Far North Queensland. Marzik is also a freelance photographer and exhibition designer.

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Selection Panel Member

Ray Cook
Photographer & Program Manager BA (Photography), RMIT University School of Art

Ray Cook was born in the misty depths of 1962. His art practice spans thirty years, with work exhibited nationally and internationally. Cook has been immersed in photographic art and education, as a Director of a photo specific artist run initiative, as a founding member and long-time Vice Chair of the now defunct Queensland Centre for Photography, and as a lecturer at Queensland College of Art. He is currently an academic in the School of Art, RMIT in Melbourne where he manages the Photography Honours Program.

Selection Panel Member

Tara Callaghan
Gallery & Museum Manager, Broken Hill City Council

Tara Callaghan is the Gallery and Museum Manager for Broken Hill City Council with full directorship and management responsibilities of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum (GeoCentre). Callaghan comes from an arts management and administration background in Queensland and Northern Rivers, New South Wales in institutions such as the Queensland Centre for Photography and Retrospect Galleries.

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Selection Panel Member

Andrew Rankin
Photographer, Andrew Rankin Photography

Andrew Rankin has worked as a photographer for over 40 years in Melbourne, Sydney, and North Queensland. Photographic assignments have taken him all over Australia along with New Zealand, Asia, USA, and Africa. He is a passionate supporter of the arts and his work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Rankin has also worked as a sessional lecturer at James Cook University and has presented several photographic workshops to the public.

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NAFA

The Percivals 2020 is proudly part of the North Australian Festival of Arts”