St. Martin's Pl, London, United Kingdom, United Kingdom - England
Detailed Information
  • National Portrait Gallery.
  • Annual.
  • Award of ¬£30,000 for first-prize winner with a total prize fund of ¬£61,000.
  • Unrestricted entry.
  • Focus on promoting young figurative painting. More traditional outlook.
  • In 2015 a new procedure was introduced which required artists to submit a digital image of their work. From these, 456 works were selected for second stage judging where the original paintings were viewed and the exhibition selection made.

Selected from a record-breaking 2,748 entries by artists from 92 countries around the world, the BP Portrait Award 2015represents 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 continues to make it an unmissable highlight of the annual art calendar.

Now in its thirty-sixth year at the National Portrait Gallery, and twenty-sixth year of sponsorship by BP, the first prize of £30,000 makes the Award the most prestigious international portrait painting competition of its kind and has launched the careers of many renowned artists.

The BP Portrait Award 2015 will tour to Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Ulster Museum. Find out more here