Our Beginnings

ARTrinsic Inc, a not-for-profit organisation, was founded in 2007 to provide an avenue for artists to exhibit works of portraiture within Western Australia. The first year featured a retrospective exhibition of Western Australian entrants in the Archibald Prize and was a resounding success.


Due to the exhibition's popularity, ARTrinsic decided to create an annual national portrait prize for the public to enjoy. The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture is now the third richest portrait prize in Australia and continues to grow thanks to the support of sponsors, the artist community and the general public.


Our Founder & Patron - Tina Wilson

Tina Wilson is the Founder of the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture and was the Executive Director of ARTrinsic for 10 years. During that time, she was the public face of ARTrinsic Inc and the driving force behind it.

After successfully taking it to its tenth year anniversary at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in 2016, Tina stepped down from her role as Executive Director to return to her own artistic practice.

Tina was made Patron in 2018 in recognition of her tireless work during her ten year tenure from 2007 to 2016 to ensure there was a prize of ever increasing excellence and prestige.


Lifetime Patron - Richard (Dick) Lester AM

Dick Lester has been a lifetime lover and collector of Australian art, and supported Tina Wilson from the early days of the Prize.

Dick was made Lifetime Patron in 2018 in recognition of his passion for the Arts, his encouragement, advice and financial assistance that from modest beginnings,the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture was able to flourish.


The Heritage Prize


In 2012-2014 ARTrinsic Inc was delighted to partner with Heritage Perth in the creation of a unique Heritage prize. This prize featured depictions of any aspect of the heritage of Perth city, and helped raise awareness and appreciation of its built and natural heritage. The Heritage Prize has now come to a close.
  • To view the Heritage Prize winners click here.
  • To view the Heritage Prize finalists click here.
  • To view the Youth Heritage Prize winners click here.
  • To view the Youth Heritage Prize finalists click here.