Calling Digital Dreamers – It’s Time To Submit Your Works For The Digital Portraiture Award

Charles, 2015, by Amiel Courtin-Wilson. Winner of the Digital Portraiture Award (2016).

The National Portrait Gallery has officially sounded the clarion call: entries are open for the Digital Portraiture Award 2017! Entrants have until midnight on Sunday September 17 to submit their digital portraits.

What might a portrait look like in the digital age? Now in its sixth year, the Portrait Gallery’s Digital Portraiture Award invites artists to help explore that question. With the scope for entries broad, the potential for original, sometimes dazzling works sees Gallery visitors and staff keenly anticipating each year’s entries.

“Over recent years, finalists and winners of the Award have created diverse and imaginative works exploring identity and portraiture through moving digital image. Created from computer code, video recordings, animation and more, screen-based portraiture reimagines not only the tools artists might employ, but the possibilities of what a portrait could be,” said Karen Vickery, Director of Learning and Visitor Experience at the Portrait Gallery.

The winner of the Award will receive $10,000 cash and an artistic residency valued at $15,000 at State Library of Queensland’s community makerspace, The Edge, which empowers creative experimentation across digital technologies.

The Digital Portraiture Award highlights the Gallery’s commitment to screen-based narratives and digital technology. The highest quality works, as determined by our judges, will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery from December 1, 2017. These finalists’ entries will also be available to view on the Gallery’s website.

The Digital Portraiture Award 2017 will be on show at the National Portrait Gallery from December 1, 2017 to February 18, 2018.

Entries close at midnight on September 17, 2017. For more information on how to enter – and examples of past finalists’ entries – visit

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