Emerging Tasmanian artists celebrated

Sam Mountford and Tess Campbell of West Hobart have taken out the top spot in this year's RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize (TPP).

RACT Insurance TPP judges Natalie Wilson, Luke Wagner and Laura Gillam awarded Sam and Tess with first place for their multi-media piece titled The Rest.

Samuel and Tess received $10,000 prize money and a trip for two to the Archibald Prize in Sydney.

RACT Insurance TPP judge, and Curator of Australian and Pacific Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Natalie Wilson said the judges were impressed by the incredible diversity in mediums as well as the high quality of works.

"The focus on digital technology and its increasing impact was particularly evident this year," Ms Wilson said.

The competition, now in its 11th year, was established to foster the development of emerging Tasmanian artists and give them the opportunity to showcase their talents to the public.

There were well over 100 entries submitted from around the state across a broad range of mediums, with more than half of the works submitted by female Tasmanian artists.

This year's runner up was announced as Harriet Wilson for her painting titled Crete. Harriet received $2000.

The judges also made a special commendation this year, which was awarded to Joel Parkinson for his piece titled Elude.  Joel received $1000.

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers said the calibre of the work submitted was extremely encouraging.

"RACT Insurance is committed to supporting the local arts community. This has led to us increasing the prize money for the overall winner this year to $10,000." Mr Sayers said.

"As Tasmania's only local insurance company, we believe it is important to support our arts community through the prize, as it provides opportunities for our youth to thrive in their chosen industry."

The Sponsors' Choice was awarded to Ariel Ruby for her multi-media piece titled The Italian Museum (Nonna's House). Ariel will take home $500 towards future artistic endeavours.

The exhibition showcasing the works of all 35 finalists will be on display at the Long Gallery in Hobart from Saturday 6 October 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018, Sawtooth ARI in Launceston from Saturday 3 November 2018 to Saturday 24 November 2018 and the Makers' Workshop in Burnie from Friday 30 November 2018 to Sunday 27 January 2019.


​View the finalists in person or online, vote for your favourite, and you could win a $500 travel voucher. View the Tasmanian Portraiture website here​