Call For Entries: BP Portrait Award 2016

by Cass Art

The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world.

2016 marks the thirty-seventh year at the National Portrait Gallery and twenty-seventh year of sponsorship by BP, and the competition is now open for submissions.

With a first prize of £30,000, and a total prize fund of £61,000, the BP Portrait Award encourages artists of all backgrounds to develop portraiture in their work. The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over - so why not enter this year?

The BP Portrait Award 2016 exhibition will run at the National Portrait Gallery from Thursday 23 June to Sunday 18 September 2016. 


You can upload an example of your portraiture as a digital image to the BP Portrait Award website. As part of the entry process you'll also be asked to give more details about yourself and your work.

Register your entry and upload your picture here.

Upload one image of the entire portrait, and then you can also submit an additional image of the same work -  a close-up, perhaps, which shows off your brush strokes, for example.

It costs £40 to enter, and entries close on 2nd February 2016.

Feeling inspired?

You can enter the BP Portrait Award 2016 on their website.

Read our interviews with the 2015 exhibiting artists here.

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