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MELT Portrait Prize 2021

A pivotal part of Brisbane Powerhouse's queer arts and culture festival, this vibrant exhibition celebrates LGBTIQ+ heroes.
By Sarah Ward
May 24, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
May 24, 2021
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Fantastic shows and performances are one part of MELT, Brisbane Powerhouse's annual queer arts and culture festival. Vibrant and diverse art is another. Simply take a look at the the venue's walls until Sunday, June 13 and you'll understand — with the venue decked out with a showcase of MELT creativity for the duration of the fest, and also for a few weeks after the main event ends.

As it does every year, the annual MELT Portrait Prize celebrates LGBTIQ+ heroes. Paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and digital images are all in the running, with submitted works competing for the judge's choice and people's choice prizes (and for a highly commended slot as well). This exhibition displays the shortlisted works, so you'll be seeing the best of the best as you wander through Powerhouse's Turbine Foyer.

Just make sure you don't drop by too early in the week to check out the free showcase — because the MELT Portrait Prize is on display from 11.30am–5.30pm Wednesday–Sunday.

Top image: MELT Portrait Prize 2019 People's Choice Winner — Tim Wang 'Becalmed'.

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