National Portrait Gallery in London announced Call for artists for BP Portrait Award 2014. The competition is open to all artists from around the world.
First Prize: A cash award of £30,000, plus, at the judges’ discretion, a commission worth £5,000, to be agreed between the National Portrait Gallery and the artist. Second Prize: £10,000. Third Prize: £8,000. BP Young Artist Award: £7,000
All selected artists aged between 18 and 30 will automatically be considered for both the BP Young Artist Award and the BP Portrait Award, but an individual cannot win both. BP Travel Award 2013: £6,000
The competition is judged, on an equal and anonymous basis, from original paintings. An exhibition is then created from a selection of the entries. Many artists who have had their work exhibited have gained commissions as a result of the considerable interest in the BP Portrait Award and the resulting exhibition. Recent commissions by BP Portrait Award artists include Julia Donaldson by Peter Monkman (BP Portrait Award 2009 winner).
This year’s judging panel are: Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery (Chair), Sarah Howgate, Contemporary Curator, National Portrait Gallery, Dr Alexander Sturgis, Director of the Holburne Museum, Bath, Joanna Trollope, Author, Des Violaris, Director, UK Arts and Culture, BP, Jonathan Yeo, Artist.