BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

by Cass Art

This competition has now ended. To find out about our current events please refer to our competitions page

Are you a young person eager to learn more about portraiture? Then look no further. Many art-lovers visit the BP Portrait Award every year, but BP Portrait Award: Next Generation is an exciting addition that offers free opportunities for young people to engage with portraiture.

Specifically targeted to 14-19 year olds, BP Portrait Award: Next Generation aims to encourage the artists of the future, regardless of whether they are first-time visitors to the gallery or actively pursuing a career in art.

Now in it’s 5th year, it offers a variety of opportunities that you can get involved with, to hone your talents and learn top tips from previous BP Portrait artists.

Get involved

Next Generation offers many ways to meet practicing artists, explore behind the scenes of the BP Portrait Award and create your own portraiture.

Have a go at drawing with BP Portrait Award artist Ray Richardson in a drop-in drawing session on Saturday 16th August from 2-4pm. It's open to all 14-19-year-olds, and there is no need to book.

School groups can meet two BP Portrait Award-past winning artists, hear about their work and receive feedback on their own portfolios on Tuesday 16th September at BP Portrait Award: Next Generation Meet the Artist, 10.30am-1pm. Booking is essential - email education@npg.org.uk to secure your place. 

Find out about next year’s programme of events and Summer Schools by following #BPNextGen or visiting their website

Take part in the digital content of BP Portrait Award: Next Generation by sharing your portraiture talent online, watch the video interviews of exhibiting artists, and vote in online portraiture polls.

Feeling inspired?

Visit the BP Portrait Award: Next Generation website to read more about how to get involved.

BP Portrait Award: Next Generation artwork, information and a short film showcasing last year’s events, made by a crew of young people, is currently on display outside the BP Portrait Award 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery. The BP Portrait Award is showing at the National Portrait Gallery until 21stSeptember. 

Image Credit:

Othello De’Souza-Hartley © National Portrait Gallery, London


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