Increased commitment to Tasmania’s young artists

RACT Insurance is kicking off its 2018 Tasmanian Portraiture Prize (TPP) with a bang, doubling the annual prize money for the major winner to $10,000.

The RACT Insurance TPP invites Tasmanian artists aged 30-years and under to produce a portrait of a living Tasmanian who is important to them.

RACT Insurance chief executive officer Trent Sayers said his organisation was “thrilled” to launch the 2018 RACT Insurance TPP and continue to help foster the creative talent of so many young Tasmanians.

“This year, we are pleased to announce the doubling of the prize money for the overall winner, which will now be $10,000, as evidence of our commitment to supporting the local arts community,” he said.

“At RACT Insurance, we feel that it is important to do everything within our power to create opportunities for our youth to thrive within their chosen industry.

“It’s incredible to see the diversity of both the mediums used to create portraits, as well as the Tasmanian subjects who are important to our young artistic community.

“We can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for the TPP.”

Entries are now open for the TPP and will close on Tuesday 31 July 2018.

Shortlisted artists will be announced at the end of August.

The winner of the 2018 RACT Insurance TPP will receive $10,000 and a trip for two to the Archibald Prize in Sydney.

The 2018 winners will be announced at the opening night on Wednesday 3 October at the Long Gallery in Hobart.

Following the announcement, the artworks of all the shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the Long Gallery, before moving to Launceston’s Sawtooth ARI Gallery and then Makers’ Workshop in Burnie.

For more information, visit taspp.com.au.

Caption: From left, National Portrait Gallery of Australia director Angus Trumble with 2017 Tasmanian Portraiture Prize winner Laura Gillam and RACT Insurance chief executive officer Trent Sayers.

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