BP Portrait Award 2018 - PORTRAIT AWARD

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BP Portrait Award 2018 is calling for entries. Below you can find all details about this portrait award:

BP Portrait Award 2018

The BP Portrait Award, the most prestigious painting and Portrait Award in the world that represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting, has been recently opened for entries for 2018.


The BP Portrait Award , now in its 39th year at the National Portrait Gallery and twenty-nineth year of sponsorship by BP, is the most prestigious painting and Portrait Award in the world. The Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work.

The work entered must be predominantly painted in oil, tempera or acrylic on canvas or board. No watercolours, pastels or works on paper will be considered.

To enter the BP Portrait Award 2018, artists should upload a digital image of their work via the website for the first round of judging. All images will be viewed by a panel of judges and the entrants who are successful in this round will be invited to deliver their work to a venue in London for the second round of judging and final exhibition selection.

You are required to upload one photograph of your entire portrait. You also have the option to submit an extra photograph of a detail of the work. This may be a good opportunity to show the level of detail, the texture of the paint or a particular area of interest in the composition.

If your work is not entirely complete at the time of registration you can still enter the competition. The first round of judging will be based on the image that you upload.

Entry is limited to 1 entry per artist. The work must be no smaller than 25 x 20cm (10 x 8”) unframed and no larger than 244 x 244cm (96 x 96”) framed. Multi-part works (up to three parts) will be accepted and regarded as one work.
However, the combined parts of the part must not exceed the maximum size allowed. The work must have been completed after 1 January 2017.

The BP Portrait Award 2018 exhibition will run at the National Portrait Gallery from 14 June to 23 September 2018.

Entry fee is 40 GBP.

Who can enter?

This competition is open to everyone worldwide aged 18 and over.


First Prize: a cash award of 35,000 GBP , plus, at the judges' discretion, a commission worth 7,000 GBP, to be agreed between the National Portrait Gallery and the artist.

Second Prize: 12,000 GBP
Third Prize: 10,000 GBP
BP Young Artist Award: 9,000 GBP
BP Travel Award 2017: 8,000 GBP

Call For Entries Info

For all further informations about the BP Portrait Award 2018 or to submit your works visit the following official website: https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/bp-portrait-award-2018/exhibition/


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