Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award

Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award

Charles Blackman / They brought her ribbons of yellow and crimson and great clusters of flowers / c.1980 / oil on composition board / 48 x 66 cm

QPF is proud to announce the return of the Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award in 2018.

This award is named after one of Australia’s premier art dealers, Philip Bacon, who has agreed to be the patron of Queensland’s only ekphrastic prize. The word ‘ekphrasis’ comes from the Greek ek ‘out’ and phrasis ‘speak’, as well as the verb ekphrazein, which means to call an inanimate object by name.

Artistically, ekphrasis is a rhetorical device in which a visual object, usually a work of art, is vividly described by another artistic medium – in this case, a poem under 12 lines in length. For example a poem may describe what is shown in a painting and by doing so enhances it, especially if it captures the sentiments of the artist when the work was created. Poems may also focus on the poet’s mood in response to a work of art, metaphorical associations or extensions of meaning inspired by a work of art, or personal memories about a work of art.

1ST PRIZE: $500

2nd PRIZE: $250

*The top five entries will be published in Verity La

2018 Judges: Michele Seminara, Freja Carmichael

Previous winners: Dael Allison, Gail Hennessy, Rosanna Licari.

The winner will be announced at the Queensland Poetry Awards night at the Queensland Poetry Festival, 23rd August 2018 at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Fortitude Valley.

2018 Painting selection: Philip Bacon has selected five paintings from his own collection (see PDF for full images.)


We thank Mr Philip Bacon for his ongoing support and collaboration in this prize.