BP Portrait Award 2016 competition opens for entries


The National Portrait Gallery is inviting entries for its BP Portrait Award, an international competition, run to recognise outstanding and innovative work being produced by artists of all ages in portraiture.

Now in its 36th year at the National Portrait Gallery, the Award is the most prestigious international portrait painting competition of its kind and has launched the careers of many renowned artists.

It has become an increasingly popular competition with a huge international reach, as shown by the record breaking 2,748 entries it received last year. Of these entries, 55 paintings were chosen to be exhibited at the gallery which were seen by nearly 330,000 people.

First prize is awarded £30,000, one of the largest prizes of any global arts competitions. The winner also receives a commission worth £5,000 to paint a portrait for the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection, to be agreed between the Gallery and the artist.

Prize winners will be selected by a judging panel chaired by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery.  To enter, artists are invited to upload a photograph of their finished painting to the BP Portrait Award website for consideration in the first round of the competition.

All exhibitors will also be eligible to submit a proposal for the BP Travel Award 2016, which aims to provide the opportunity for an artist to experience working on projects related to portraiture in a different environment. The winner of this travel award will receive £6,000.

Artists can enter at npg.org.uk/bp up until Tuesday 2nd of February 2016.

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