From modest 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.


Founder & Patron - Tina Wilson

Tina Wilson is the Founder of the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture.

She was the Executive Director, public face and driving force behind ARTrinsic Inc for ten years. After successfully taking the Main Awards and Exhibition to its new home at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in 2016, Tina stepped down to return to her own artistic practice.

Tina was made Patron in 2018 in recognition of her passionate and tireless work to ensure there was a prize of ever increasing excellence and prestige. 


Lifetime Patron - Dick Lester AM

Dick Lester was made Lifetime Patron of the Prize in 2018 in recognition of his passion for the Arts, his encouragement of Tina Wilson during her tenure as Executive Director, and his advice and financial assistance that from modest beginnings, the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture was able to flourish.