The biennial Percival Portrait Painting Prize is North Queensland’s own portrait competition and is held at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.

Having begun in 2007, The Percivals is an open competition for artists. While showcasing the outstanding and innovative work currently being produced by Australian artists, the competition has also given many emerging artists an opportunity to engage with portraiture and share their expressions of themselves and those close to them. Across the years participating artists have presented varied styles and approaches to the contemporary portrait - from abstracted images and cool conceptualism to smooth realism and the energetic aura of thick, impasto oils executed with broad brush and palette knife.

Thanks to the generosity of Glencore and other sponsors over the years, the Prize has steadily grown in stature and prize monies, from $3,000 in 2007 to the current major acquisitive prize of $40,000.

Applications Close Monday 12 February 2018
Artists Advised of Selection Friday 2 March 2018
Delivery of Artworks Wednesday 18 April 2018
Official Opening Friday 27 April 2018
Exhibition Dates 27 April - 15 July 2018
Collection of Artworks Tuesday 17 July 2018
Proudly Presented By Townsville City Council’s  - Gallery Services

Entry is in accordance with and is deemed acceptance of these conditions and the Entrant (Artist) is bound by and shall perform and observe all obligations upon the Artist pursuant to these conditions.

The Percival Portrait Painting Prize is awarded by Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Gallery Services, Townsville City Council. 

Entry is open to all local, interstate and international Artists.

Artists are advised that the maximum allowance for artworks to enter the building is 239 cm in height. Whole artworks that exceed this size will not be eligible.

Entry in the Prize is through pre-selection from photographs and digital image/s of each artwork entered. Artists are NOT to submit original works of art for the pre-selection process.

Artists are required to submit:
☐ A digital image of each artwork in .TIFF or .JPEG format (if unable to submit through the online form, then submitted on a USB thumb drive OR via an online file transfer service such as Dropbox to 
☐ A completed and signed entry form
☐ The Artist’s curriculum vitae
☐ ABN or Statement by Supplier Form
☐ Electronic artist statement related to the entry (no more than 300 words) (if unable to supply through the online form, then emailed to in .DOC or .RTF format) 
☐ A non-refundable administration fee of AUD $44 per entry

The artwork must be a portrait painted from life. Artworks comprised of oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastels, charcoal, ink, mixed media are eligible as entries in the Percival Portrait Painting Prize. All other media is ineligible to enter.

All artworks entered by the Artist must be the original work and concept of the Artist. 

An Artist may enter up to 3 entries for pre-selection, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and fee with all relevant support material.

A third party may not enter any works on behalf of an Artist.

Completion of this physical entry form is not required if you instead complete the digital entry form that is available at: we highly recommend this option.

If, however, you would like to submit a pdf or printed form however, entries must be marked as Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and posted to:

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Townsville City Council
PO Box 1268
or emailed

Entries are to be received by no later than 5pm Monday 12 February 2018. Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted. All entries are to be submitted and delivered free of all charges. An entry shall impose an obligation upon the Artist to submit the entered work for exhibition if selected.


Works selected for exhibition will be as chosen by a panel of judges appointed by Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. Artists will be advised of the outcome from pre-selection on or before Friday 2 March 2018. Selected Artists will be notified by email. 

Artists whose works are selected for exhibition must allow their work to be reproduced for promotional, review and educational purposes and/or the future promotion of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Gallery Services, Townsville City Council, and the exhibition sponsors, and entry is and shall be deemed authorisation by the Artist to these parties.

All selected works of art must be suitably framed. A stretched canvas is considered framed. Flat D-rings must be placed at back of the work 10 cm down from top of frame. Any other hooks or wire may be removed, as they may damage other Artists’ works. Wet paintings will not be accepted.

Artworks will be put on display for the duration of the Competition and shall not be removed before Monday 16 July 2018. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery will not exhibit any work forwarded for exhibition which is not the submitted entry.
Successful entries are to be delivered to Perc Tucker Regional Gallery between the hours of 9am - 4pm, Wednesday 18 April 2018.


The sale price indicated in the entry form shall apply and shall remain fixed for the duration of the exhibition. This price must take into consideration the 30% Commission to be taken by Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.

Should an entry be sold, the net sale proceeds will be paid to the Artist within thirty (30) days of sale, provided settlement has been made in accordance with the conditions of sale. Payment will be made in Australian dollars.


All entries must be securely packed, and packaging should be suitable for return.

The cost of freight and insurance for works selected for exhibition will be the responsibility of the Artist. 

If consigning artwork via post or courier, prepaid return freight vouchers must be included with the artwork at the time of receipt. If the artwork is sold, the prepaid voucher will be returned to the Artist. No payment whatsoever will be made by Perc Tucker Regional Gallery for freight or other charges incurred in the delivery or return of entries.

After the close of the exhibition all works not sold must be collected from Perc Tucker Regional Gallery between the hours of 9am – 4pm Tuesday 17 July 2018 and it is the responsibility of the Artist to ensure the packing material is sufficient for the return transportation of the work.

Where arrangements have not been made for collection or return freight by the due date, the Gallery reserves the right to sell or otherwise dispose of the work on the expiration of thirty (30) days from the last exhibition day.


Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and the exhibition sponsors will not be responsible for any loss or damage whatsoever, however caused, to any work whilst in the Gallery’s custody. Each Artist is and shall be responsible for maintaining their own insurance cover.


Perc Tucker Regional Gallery will appoint an industry-recognised figure to judge, select and announce the prize-winning work. The judge’s decision will be final and correspondence will not be entered into.

Winning works of acquisitive prizes shall be acquired for the amount of the prize indicated on the entry form, not any higher.

Full name of entrant
Year of birth

Place of birth

Eg. Townsville, QLD

Postal Address

Address, State and Postcode. For example: 123 Art Street, Townsville, QLD 4810
Telephone (include area code)

Please upload your curriculum vitae

Artwork Title

Artwork creation date

Only year is required
Artist Statement

Related to your entry (no more than 300 words)
Size of work

Height x Length x Width, in cm (eg. 20 x 20 x 20 cm)
Medium of work


Including 30% Gallery commission
Please upload a digital image of the artwork in .TIFF or .JPEG format.


If you do not have an ABN, please attach a Statement by Supplier form, which can be found at:

(If the following upload form does not work for any reason, you may upload the form to dropbox, or another such file transfer website, and include the link here, or a note that you have emailed the form to
If you do not have an ABN, please upload your Statement by Supplier Form

We will contact you for your payment information as soon as we have processed your entry form. Thankyou for entering!

You may submit a total of 3 artworks per artist.
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