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Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award

MDPA 2015

Friday 28 August 2015 until Monday 25 April 2016

An annual event to extend traditional notions of portraiture and foster emerging artists with an interest in contemporary technology.


This exhibition of outstanding finalist works, including two award winners, supports artists working with screen-based technology and cultivates digital portraiture as an evolving art form.

With the generous support of Macquarie Group Foundation, we are offering two awards. A cash prize of $10,000 enables an artist aged 18 and over to grow their practice. A residency at The Edge, State Library of Queensland, enables an artist aged 18 to 30 to participate in a community exploring creativity across art, science, technology and enterprise.

Ilya Milstein has been awarded the cash prize; Isabelle de Kleine has been awarded the residency. See all the finalists' digital portraits below.

Rigorous visual form and careful consideration of soundscape and duration characterise the six finalist artworks. Their beauty and precision strongly impressed the judges Karen Vickery (National Portrait Gallery), Anne O’Hehir (National Gallery of Australia), Nell (artist) and Dr Christopher Chapman (National Portrait Gallery).

Submissions for the next Award will open in July 2016. To hear about it first, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or subscribe to receive our emails.