Percival Portrait Painting Prize

Percival Portrait Painting Prize

Exhibition Dates: 27 April - 15 July 2018

The biennial Percival Portrait Painting Prize is North Queensland’s own portrait competition and is held at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.

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. Across the years participating artists have presented varied styles and approaches to the contemporary portrait - from abstracted images and cool conceptualism to smooth realism and the energetic aura of thick, impasto oils executed with a broad brush and palette knife.

Thanks to the generosity of Glencore and other sponsors over the years, the Prize has steadily grown in stature and prize monies, from $3,000 in 2007 to the current major acquisitive prize of $40,000.

The entry form can be completed online, downloaded as an interactive PDF and emailed to Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, or collected from Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.

Key Dates

  • Applications Close: Monday 12 February 2018
  • Artists Advised of Selection: Friday 2 March 2018
  • Delivery of Artworks: Wednesday 18 April 2018
  • Official Opening: Friday 27 April 2018
  • Exhibition Dates: 27 April - 15 July 2018
  • Collection of Artworks: Tuesday 17 July 2018

Award Categories

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

People’s Choice Award: $1,000

Lisa Adams, Revelation, 2015, oil on canvas. Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize Winner 2016.Image: Lisa Adams, Revelation, 2015, oil on canvas. Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize Winner 2016.