Organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London, the BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious international portrait painting competition of its kind and has launched the careers of many renowned artists. With a first prize of £30,000, and a total prize fund of £61,000, the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work.
Selected from thousands of entries by artists from around the world, the BP Portrait Award 2017 will represent the very best in contemporary portrait painting. From parents to poseurs, figurative nudes to famous faces and expressive sketches to piercing photo-realism, the variety and vitality in the exhibition will continues to make it an unmissable highlight of the annual art calendar.
Following its initial showing at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 22 June to 24 September 2017, the BP Portrait Award 2017 exhibition will be at RAMM followed by Scottish National Portrait Gallery then Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.