Saturday, 9 December 2017

National Portrait Gallery call for entries for the BP Portrait Award 2018

To enter, artists are encouraged to upload a photo of their finished painting to the BP Portrait Award website, which will be viewed anonymously by the judges in the first round of the contest. Entrants who are successful in this initial stage will then be invited to hand-deliver or courier their work to a venue in London for the second round of judging and final exhibition selection.  Artists can enter at npg.org.uk/bp between now and 22 January 2018. Full competition rules and guidance for digital submission can be found online. The competition is open to all artists from around the world, on the sole condition they must be aged 18 years or over as of 1 January 2018.

The BP Portrait Award 2018 exhibition will then run at the National Portrait Gallery from 14 June to 23 September 2018.  2018 will mark the Portrait Award’s 39th year at the National Portrait Gallery, an annual event that aims to encourage artists over the age of eighteen to focus upon, and develop, the theme of portraiture in their work.  This year, first prize was won by Suffolk-based artist, Benjamin Sullivan for Breech! a portrait of his wife Virginia breastfeeding their eight-month-old daughter. Second prize went to French painter and illustrator, Thomas Ehretsmann, for Double Portrait, depicting his pregnant wife Caroline. Third prize went to Antony Williams for Emma his portrait of model turned friend, Emma Bruce, completed in his studio in Chertsey.  Enter today at npg.org.uk/bp. Deadline for submissions is 22 January 2018.Apply HERE.

The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world and represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. With a first prize of £35,000, and a total prize fund of £74,000, the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work.  The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over.  The BP Portrait Award 2018 exhibition will run at the National Portrait Gallery from 14 June to 23 September 2018. It is in its thirty-ninth year at the National Portrait Gallery and twenty-ninth year of sponsorship by BP and continues to be an unmissable highlight of the annual art calendar.

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