BP Portrait Award

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Aberdeen Art Gallery
Schoolhill
Aberdeen
AB11 5BY

The very best in contemporary portrait painting is on display for the most prestigious portraiture competition in the world.

The 'BP Portrait Award' makes a welcome return to Aberdeen, where it will be presented for the first time in the BP Galleries on the stunning new top floor of the redeveloped Art Gallery. Organised by National Portrait Gallery, London, the exhibition continues to be an unmissable highlight in the annual art calendar.

This year Aberdeen Art Gallery is the only UK venue to host the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world. The BP Portrait Award represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. With a first prize of £35,000 and a total prize fund of £74,000, the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work.

See works by prize winners Jiab Prachakul, Sergey Svetlakov and Michael Youds alongside over 40 other outstanding works of portraiture. This year’s catalogue features a fascinating essay by Madeline Ward, our Lead Curator of Art, exploring the art of the self-portrait.

Admission free but advance booking advisable to guarantee entry.

In order to help us comply with official guidance in relation to Covid-19 and to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for everyone, tickets are being released in 3-week blocks.

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